More than 2,000 street children, including 205 from neighboring countries, have been rescued since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Senegal, the Senegalese government said on Thursday.
During a briefing on the “Zero Children In The Street” operation, Mame Gor Diouf, General-Secretary of Ministry of Women, Family and Gender, said the rescued children are from 4 to 17 years old, among which 1,219 children were returned to their families, mainly in eight of the 14 regions across the country.
More than 50 children have been infected with COVID-19 and taken care of by the health services, said Diouf, adding that some of them have already been cured.
The Senegal government launched last Thursday a special operation to protect those children who are at risk in the current environment caused by COVID-19 crisis, and to ensure their safety and healthcare.
So far, Senegal has reported 1,492 confirmed cases, including 13 deaths and 562 cured cases.