April 03, 2020 / 08:58 PM / By Olusegun Obasanjo
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In the almost four months of the outbreak of COVID-19, we have seen the mitigation effect or otherwise by the preparatory and preventive actions made by different nations and international organisations to combat the killer virus The results have been related to seriousness of preparation and preventive measures taken including the level of healthcare measures and delivery.
The epidemiological progression in already affected areas has indicatcd that the wurst case is yet to oceur in Ainca. Taking into account the weak healthcare bases in Afnca, the conurbation, and the communal living of our people particularly in ghettos and poverty-atricken areas of our cities, the outbreak of COVID-19 in these arcas of Afncan communitics and cites will be a monumental disaster, Serious measures have to be taken for containment and for addressing any national epidemic
We, as concerned African leaders, note the efforts that African governments ace making within their limited resources to deal with this global challenge We, however, appeal to leaders and elites at national, regonal, and continental level and to international organisations and foundations to draw up a concrete, effective. and continental emergency plan to combat COVID-19 onslaught at its crescendo in Africa which will be soon. With porous borders all over Africa, natonal efforts will not be enough but regional and continental.
We particularly call on AU, UN, WHO, World Bank and G-20 to urgently have a plan that will moderate the socal and economic effect of the onslaught of COVID-19 on Africa.