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