Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on International Organisations and Donor Agencies to support African countries towards procuring the necessary equipment and kits to enable them conduct aggressive testing that will make the current lockdown imposed on cities more effective.
Dr. Jonathan who is also the Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation “appealed to international financing and donor agencies as well as creditor nations to consider granting economic palliatives including debt relief or placing moratorium on repayments to help weaker nations cope with the economic difficulties brought upon them by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Dr. Jonathan who was one of the panelists in an international web-based conference organised by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with the theme ‘Governance Challenges in the Era of the Coronavirus Pandemic,’ also called for more cooperation among the different levels of government to ensure that whatever measures are adopted in dealing with the pandemic will achieve the desired result.
Dr. Jonathan also appeal to International Agencies to help Africa with the necessary testing kits and others tools required to curbing this pandemic. According to Jonathan;
“It is true that many African nations are observing lockdown of cities and maintaining isolation centres, but if there is no effective testing, locking down populations as currently obtainable in many African countries may not be very effective. This is because people within the communities will continue to spread the virus even without knowing.
“They key thing is that Africa is in dire need of testing kits. The world should come to the aid of Africa by sending more of these kits and other needed equipment to make the fight against Covid-19 more meaningful. Restrictions without strong and aggressive testing will not be impactful.
“We plead that WHO needs to come to the aid of African countries to enable them procure the necessary kits to enable them conduct aggressive testing now that many cities are locked down. That way, those that have already contracted the disease can be isolated from the rest of the population and their condition properly managed.”