Abdiqani Sheikh Omar Hassan encourages unity in the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

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As CoronaVirus continues to spread with speed with the focus now turning to the readiness of health systems in African in the face of the virus.  The supply of health services, equipment, and qualified personnel, is the main concern.

As a pandemic of great magnitude that has occurred in our modern period, COVID-19 is calling upon the global community to rethink and shift the way we design and manage our healthcare, economic, transportation, political and social systems.

Africa should further promote solidarity it possesses, mass awareness, especially in rural areas, and mass testing of populations.

The fight against coronavirus in a fight against a virus but also a fight against misinformation. 

Community members have a key role in fighting COVID-19 so it is important that we help them get accurate information and follow the prevention guidelines given by the Ministry of Health.

Early action consisting of case identification, tracing and containment measures, clear and transparent communication with the public, and resource mobilization is critical precisely because most health systems on the continent are fragile and likely unable to absorb the shock of a global pandemic.

Africa’s experience in the handling and treatment of viral outbreaks like Ebola should be a source of knowledge as to how the world should react to pandemics. The experience is also helpful in the search for vaccines and medicines.

Given the gravity of the COVID-19 threat, global cooperation should aim at synergising these resources and further strengthening Africa’s capacity.

The coronavirus pandemic has once again proven the common destiny of the human race. Hence, the global cooperation in search of a solution for COVID-19 should be an embodiment of that crucial principle. Such a path should leave no corner of the world behind.

While Africa should systematically engage with the rest of the world in combatting COVID-19, the global community should appropriately recognise its contribution and those of others. 


The writer, Dr. Abdiqani Sheikh Omar is a Senior WASH Strategic Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Energy & Water in Somalia and Former Director General at Ministry of Women & Human Rights

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