All-Africa Students Union supports Government’s effort to control COVID-19

Aasu President

The All-Africa Students Union (AASU) has expressed its preparedness to support government in its quest to contain and control the spread of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

The AASU, in a statement signed and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra by its Secretary General, Mr Peter Kwasi Kodjie, said the Union was setting up situation rooms across the continent to provide urgent and timely updates on COVID-19 to its constituents.

It was also putting together a students’ volunteer corps programme to support efforts of national governments in combating the COVID-19 and raising funds to complement efforts of African countries at fighting the pandemic.

The Union, however, called on governments and all stakeholders to make educational institutions a safe place for students by putting emergency response facilities in place to contain and provide emergency testing equipment and medical care.

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 as a global pandemic and it is estimated that there were over 225,237 cases and 9,276 deaths globally.

The statement said these were figures should send a wake-up call to everyone to take the pandemic seriously.
In Africa, cases have been confirmed in 32 countries and so far, African governments have moved swiftly to put in place measures that are encouraging, it said.

The Union advised students not to embark on trips, except when they were absolutely necessary.

Simple actions like washing your hands with soap and running water, using hand sanitizers and avoiding handshakes and physical contact, it said, could save many lives and encouraged all students to prioritize those directives to secure their health.

“I want to assure all students, that the All-Africa Students Union will keep working with our national students’ unions, governments and global partner organisations to contain and fight the COVID-19.

“If this pandemic has taught us anything at all, it is that there is no such thing as someone else’s problem, what we always imagine as someone’s problem always ends up becoming our problem as well. Standing together is imperative if we are to defeat this scourge of a virus,” the statement said.

The All-Africa Students Union (AASU), formed in 1972, is formed by students in Africa, from the basic level to Institutions of higher learning.

With its presence in 54 African countries and headquartered in Ghana, its core activities are focused on Education & Students Rights, Capacity Building, Gender Advocacy, Environment & Climate Action, Pan-Africanism & African Culture, Migration & Mobility, Democracy & Good Governance.

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