Officials on Thursday called on the Africa continent to follow the strategy and guidance from the African Union(AU)and other professional organizations to fight against the COVID-19.

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said Africans should support the AU’s comprehensive strategy to fight against the pandemic.

“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to ensure that we uphold our commitment to the AU’s aspiration to create conducive conditions for Africa’s development,” she said in a webinar discussing the impact of COVID-19 on Africa with experts from various parts of the continent.

“We have to recover, rebuild and overcome. There will be global shifts ahead – we must be ready for this. Importance of individual action can’t be stressed enough, by protecting ourselves against COVID-19, we will protect those around us.”

Deputy Director of the Africa Centers of Disease Control and Prevention Ahmed Ogwell Ouma said they are committed to overcoming the pandemic.

“We have learnt that one of the most important things to do in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is to observe and follow the guidance from health authorities. Discipline is needed to protect ourselves,”he said.

Abdoulaye Janneh, former Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa,said the pandemic will remain for some time, urging the governments to support business rejuvenation.

“There are social economic implications that arise from the prevention measures being taken by African countries committed to mitigating the spread of the virus. Those short terms to medium term and long term effects will linger for years. Despite these challenges, Africa has to remain open for business. We will overcome. We cannot fail,” said Janneh. Enditem

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