ECOWAS assists members in fight against COVID-19

Titi Bamigboye, Abuja

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reaffirmed its solidarity with member states through its support in the fight against the coronavirus currently ravaging the world.

In a communiqué issued on Monday 6th of April, signed by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the regional body said about 15 of its members were affected by COVID-19 with a total of 1739 confirmed cases of contamination, 55 deaths and 328 persons who have fully recovered.

The Communique said the ECOWAS through the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), its specialized health institution responsible for coordinating response at the regional level, has drawn up a regional strategic plan to tackle emergencies posed by COVID-19 and made available financial support to member states from its own resources, in addition to assistance from international partners, for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment essential for the fight against the pandemic.

“WAHO has already purchased and dispatched to the 15 Member States: – 30 500 diagnostic test kits; – 10 000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Coveralls, Aprons, gowns, gloves, goggles, boots); – 740 000 prescription tablets (Chloroquine and Azithromycin); 5. Orders have been placed to acquire for Member States, the following items: – 240,000 diagnostic kits; – 240,000 extraction kits; – 250,000 viral sample transport equipment; – 285,100 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); – 268,1000 masks for medical personnel (face masks, surgical masks, full face masks); – 120 ventilators; – Several thousand litres of alcohol gel and disinfectants. 2 ECOWAS communique n° 02 of 6 April 2020 on the fight against the coronavirus disease “, the Communique enumerated.

The ECOWAS Commission says it is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus particularly in West Africa, expressing support for measures already being taken to contain its spread and to care for the sick.

The regional body urged members to continue to implement measures recommended by the Health Authorities, and to comply with the prescribed hygiene guidelines.

The Statement

ECOWAS Offers Support to Member States on Covid-19 Fight.pdf

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