COVID-19: No nation can blame another for neglect

International relations expert and lecturer at Accra based King’s University, Professor Kwame Agyenim Boateng has cleared the air saying, no single country can blame another for neglect over the COVID-19 outbreak.

He notes the canker demands the approach that is giving it.
The fight against COVID-19 which includes scouting curable vaccine demands the collaboration of international stakeholders.

The World Health Organization, G20 among others are known to be on their feet to find solutions to the problem, he praised.

Prof. Agyenim Boateng answering the question on whether Ghana should go on lockdown to check the spread of the disease said the country is not fit for this because it lacks most of the basic essentials to do this.

In any case, he did not fault those calling for a lockdown due to the pace at which the cases are being recorded in the country.

Meanwhile, the WHO has recommended to the world six key actions which are: First, expand, train and deploy your health care and public health workforce;

Second, implement a system to find every suspected case at community level;

Third, ramp up the production, capacity and availability of testing;

Fourth, identify, adapt and equip facilities you will use to treat and isolate patients;

Fifth, develop a clear plan and process to quarantine contacts;

And sixth, refocus the whole of government on suppressing and controlling COVID-19.

The UN on March 25, 2020, issued a $2 billion appeal to fight coronavirus in the most vulnerable countries.

Properly funded, it will provide laboratory materials for testing, supplies to protect health workers and medical equipment to treat the sick.

It will bring water and sanitation to places facing shortages and will help humanitarian workers and supplies get to where they are needed most to support the COVID-19 response.

The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020.

The international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19.

By: Daniel Asuku

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