ECOWAS HEALTH MINISTERS TEAM UP AGAINST CORONA VIRUS

18/02/20

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DANIELS G.O

THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH, SENATOR OLORUNNIMBA MAMORA AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE WEST AFRICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION PROFESSOR STANLEY OKOLO HAVE DISCLOSED PLANS BY ECOWAS MINISTERS OF HEALTH TO PREVENT AND MANAGE ANY POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF COVID -19 IN THE REGION.

THEY MADE THIS KNOWN AT A PRESS BRIEFING WITH NEWSMEN IN ABUJA ON MONDAY WHICH WAS A FALL OUT OF THE BAMAKO MEETING IN MALI.

THE BAMAKO MEETING BECAME NECESSARY GIVEN THE URGENCY TO MAP OUT STRATEGIES TO PROTECT THE REGIONS’ POPULATION AGAINST THE VIRAL INFECTIOUS DISEASE.

AT THE MEETING THEY RESOLVED TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL GUIDANCE AND TOOLS FOR MEMBER STATES AS WELL AS STEP UP PROACTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT THE VIRUS AT VARIOUS POINTS OF ENTRY.

ONE OF THE CRITICAL STEPS IN PREPAREDNESS AS IDENTIFIED BY THIS D.G OF WAHO PROFESSOR OKOLO DUE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY DETECTION AND MONITORING WAS TO INCREASE DIAGNOSTIC CAPACITY, AND THIS HE NOTED HAS IMPROVED IN AFRICA.

THE MINISTERS WHO EXPRESSED GRATITUDE TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALI IBRAHIM BOUBACAR KEITA AND PEOPLE OF MALI FOR THE WARM RECEPTION DURING THE MEETING,SAID THAT MEMBER STATES WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH RELEVANT AUTHORITIES AND CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO MONITOR AND ASSESS THE HEALTH SITUATION OF ECOWAS CITIZENS RESIDENT IN CHINA.

THEY ALSO COMMENDED THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN MANAGING THE EPIDEMIC.

UPDATE SO FAR FROM THE AFRICAN CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, NIGERIA AND SEVENTEEN OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE IDENTIFIED SOME PEOPLE WITH SYMPTOMS AND TRAVEL HISTORY AS REGARDS THE CASE DEFINITION OF COVID -19 WHICH PROVED NEGETIVE,EXCEPT FOR THE ONE IN EGYPT.

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