Somalia calls for unity to tackle COVID-19 epidemic

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A researcher of CapitalBio Corporation shows a virus nucleic acid detection kit for six respiratory pathogens on March 10. Six respiratory pathogens, including the COVID-19, can be detected simultaneously within one and a half hours, requiring samples of only respiratory droplets. (Photo by Jiang Wenjie, People’s Daily Online)
A researcher of CapitalBio Corporation shows a virus nucleic acid detection kit for six respiratory pathogens on March 10. Six respiratory pathogens, including the COVID-19, can be detected simultaneously within one and a half hours, requiring samples of only respiratory droplets. (Photo by Jiang Wenjie, People’s Daily Online)

Somali President Mohamed Farmajo has called for public support and unity among people after Mogadishu reported the first case of COVID-19.

Farmajo said the government will scale up preventive measures to contain the virulent disease.

“So far we have confirmed one patient in our country. The disease is at such a high risk that it has spread rapidly to many countries including our neighboring countries Ethiopia and Kenya,” he said in a statement issued in Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Farmajo called on Somalis to adhere to health guidelines and government directives to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by mostly reducing travel and avoid social gatherings.

He called on everyone to support all efforts and health guidelines including self-quarantine, putting on protective masks, avoiding contacts with people and seeking medical attention whenever symptoms show up to help minimize the spread of the

“The community is the backbone of the government’s efforts to prevent the disease, so they should stand by and educate the public on health messages and plans to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in our country.”
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