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The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the clock back by years, in the fight against other diseases. It has interrupted research, trials and other efforts to ease the public health burden. A regimen for Parkinson’s disease, for example, was to begin clinical trials this year. But this was postponed because of the pandemic. Researchers have warned that if Covid-19 halts distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets, cases of malaria may increase by 206 million, with deaths totaling 379,000 in sub-Saharan Africa. Among the health conditions that might have faced a setback is leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease associated with poverty issues like malnutrition and poor housing, writes Bernard Ong’ondo Osero, Dr. Ramona Hurdayal and Raphael Taiwo Aruleba for The Conversation Africa.

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An official from the Nairobi Health Department disinfects a street (file photo).