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PRESS STATEMENT: Disinfection Body Spray, Tunnels And Use Of Ultra Violet Rays, Dangerous And Do Not Prevent COVID-19 Infections – Africa CDC.

4th June, 2020.

The African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the infection Control African Network (ICAN) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia says the use of chemical disinfection sprays, or tunnels with chemical disinfection, or ultra-violet rays in the prevention of the novel Coronavirus are NOT recommended.

The African CDC expressed concern about the direct spraying on human beings using chemical disinfectants or exposing them to ultra-violet rays.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, His Excellency, Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the position statement of the African CDC on the use of disinfection tunnels or disinfectant spraying of humans.

He said the CDC was particularly concerned that the practice has received wide media coverage and some member states were adopting the practices in local disinfection policies and protocols for health care facilities.

Mr. Mwamba said the CDC had advised that the practice of spraying human being was extremely dangerous as chemical disinfectants were designed for use on hard surfaces.

He said experts at Africa CDC have also discouraged the use of ultra violet rays. He said these methods could irritate the digestive tract, cause cancer and generate air pollution in the ozone layer.

He said the CDC further said there was no evidence that the use of disinfection tunnels or spraying of human beings reduced transmission of any infectious diseases including COVID-19.

Amb. Mwamba also said the CDC advised that member states should priotise interventions such as physical distancing, hand washing, avoidance of face touching , personal hygiene and appropriate use of face masks as priority preventive measures.

The Statement by the African CDC is based on a review of the most recent evidence and Africa CDC and ICAN expert assessment.

Issued By:

Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza
First Secretary – Press & Toursim
Zambia Embassy, Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

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8 Comments

  1. Asoza

    Wait a minute. Which is more dangerous, Covid 19 or the chemicals in the disinfectant. Is the suggestion here that alcohol being the main ingredient in the disinfectant is dangerous? So how come we continue sanitizing our hands with the same chemicals? Something is not adding up here!!!

    • Black

      @asoza these tunnels use bleach and not the hand sanitizer, that would be rendered in effective to spray on a large surface area, for the other one it’s simple and straight forward

  2. Jms

    Being the board responsible why announcing this at a later strange as if you don’t know what you are talking about, African must know that what ever position one is given he it she has to do the best of his qualification, go back and brainstorm and come with the solution, you can’t discourage without introducing.

  3. Black

    They never said we should not use, but recommended that we don’t, due to health concerns.

  4. Malizgani Nyirenda

    The worst thiyis that in Africa we don’t believe our doctors we only follow what American doctors say

  5. Jessey Lingard

    True healing for this pandemic is in churches and the mosques let’s continue praying to the Almighuty God therefore, we shall be answered……llllll

  6. Ironman

    Covid 19 thing Maddening up….

  7. Chanda

    THE MESSAGE IS NOT VERY CLEAR. IS IT BECAUSE THE PROCEDURES ARE HARMFUL TO THE HUMAN BODY OR IT IS BACAUSE THE PROCEDURES ARE NOT EFFECTIVE AT KILLING THE COVID-19? WE HAVE TO PICK IT FROM THERE. ON SOLID SURFACES BOTH UV AND CHEMICAL DISINFECTANTS ARE EFFECTIVE AT KILLING VIRUSES. SO PLEASE BE CLEAR HERE.

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