Covid-19 to Prove a Springboard for African Innovations?

The Covid-19 pandemic could be a blessing in disguise for Africa's future growth because innovative ideas for addressing it could chart a path for future tech-based economies, scientists say. The technologies that have been developed in response to Covid-19 in Africa include WhatsApp Chatbots in South Africa, self-diagnostic tools in Angola, contact tracing apps in Ghana and mobile health information tools in Nigeria, writes Dann Okoth for SciDev.Net. As of 28 December, 2,664,498 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed across the continent, of which 62,813 proved fatal and 2,226,769 resulted in recoveries.


Robots in Kanyinya Covid-19 Treatment Center (file photo).

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