Ghanaian president urges local strategies to combat COVID-19 in Africa

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged leaders in Africa to fashion out local strategies to contain the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak on the continent.

Speaking to fellow heads of state in the west African region via a video link, Akufo-Addo said the African strategy should take into account the continent’s unique circumstances.

“It is important that we tailor a specific Ghanaian, African response to the handling of this pandemic, and not necessarily copy blindly the methods adopted by countries to the north of us and elsewhere,” he said.

The sub-regional bloc of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) organized the virtual summit to discuss a common strategy for containing the virus.

The heads of state elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to lead a sub-regional COVID-19 response team.

ECOWAS groups 15 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Enditem

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