Why africa is still the guinea pig

Why africa is still the guinea pig

Didier Drogba

The former Ivorian footballer "strongly denounces these serious, racist and contemptuous comments" after a controversial sequence between two doctors referring to tests in Africa.
Ivorian football star Didier Drogba reacted strongly on social media to a sequence from the French channel LCI. During the trial, two doctors discussed medical tests for coronavirus in Africa.
"It is inconceivable that we will continue to accept this. Africa is not a laboratory. I strongly denounce these serious, racist and contemptuous comments! the former Chelsea and Marseille striker took to his Facebook page, posting a photo of the two protagonists.
During this sequence, Jean-Paul Mira, a doctor at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, addresses Professor Camille Locht de l'Inserm: "If I can be provocative, shouldn't we do this study in Africa where there is no mask, no treatment, no resuscitation... a bit like some AIDS studies where prostitutes try things because we know they are highly exposed and because they don't protect themselves."
Professor Locht replied: "You are right, we are thinking in parallel with a study in Africa to do this kind of approach."
"Help us save lives in Africa and stop the spread of the virus that is destabilizing the world instead of looking at us as guinea pigs. This is absurd," Didier Drogba added in his publication.
Africa is still relatively unaffected by the pandemic with more than 7,000 cases and nearly 300 officially reported deaths, according to the latest tally, but many observers and actors fear the devastating effects of the possible spread of the virus on its territory.

Samuel Eto’o

A discussion between two professors, who discussed the implementation of tests for a possible treatment for coronavirus in Africa, angered Samuel Eto'o and other athletes.
Samuel Eto'o gave a huge rant on his Instagram account on Thursday, after a debate about possible treatment against Covid-19 was broadcast on LCI. In this sequence, widely shared on social media, two doctors discuss the efficacy of the BCG vaccine, usually used against tuberculosis and which could have an effect against coronavirus.
A discussion that became polemical when Prof. Jean-Paul Mira said: "If I can be provocative, shouldn't this study be done in Africa, where there are no masks, no treatment, no resuscitation? A bit like it's done for some studies, including AIDS? Or prostitutes try things because we know they are highly exposed and do not protect themselves. What do you think?" And to the head of the resuscitation department at Cochin Hospital in Paris, Prof. Camille Locht, him director of research at the Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research), replied: "You are right. In fact, we are thinking in parallel with a study, in Africa, to make this same kind of approach with the BCG and a placebo.

"Why is Africa still the guinea pig?"

In a vitriolic post, the indomitable ex-Lion accuses researchers of wanting to make Africa their "playground". On Twitter, other sportsmen were outraged by these comments, like boxer Tony Yoka. "Why is Africa still the guinea pig? Why don't you test it on your mother first?" he quipped, a message he later deleted. Above all, Africa needs to be left alone and to stop thinking for itself. "Are they really serious here?" said former French midfielder Olivier Dacourt, Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia, deeply "shocked," referring to "shame".

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