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Covid-19 and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa: a narrative review

Yusuff Azeez Olanrewaju
Amos Abimbola Oladunni
Kenneth Bitrus David
Yusuf Olalekan Babatunde
Ibrahim Abdulmumin Damilola
Oluwakorede Adedeji
Colette Chidozie Ahamefula


Coronavirus disease 2019 popularly known as COVID-19 is the current pandemic ravaging the world. It has disrupted so many aspects of humans’ life including the healthcare systems of all countries. While governments have instituted preventive measures such as social distancing, self-isolation and lockdown in a bid to control the spread of the virus, the absence of vaccine can lead to poor management of key risk factors (including unhealthy diets and physical inactivity) associated with NCDs and limited access to preventive health services can further contribute to development and progression of NCDs. This study provides a review of available evidences from PubMed, google scholar, online databases, and papers from other sources on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on NCDs in Africa and emphasizes lessons from past pandemics that can be adopted to reduce the burden of the disease.

Keywords: COVID-19; Pandemics; Africa; Non-Communicable Diseases.

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eISSN: 1729-0503
print ISSN: 1680-6905