Mahama advocates ECOWAS summit to strategise against COVID-19

Ghana’s former President John Dramani Mahama has called for an urgent meeting of ECOWAS Heads of State  to discuss and take decisions on a sub-regional response to the COVID-19 pandemic spreading in the West African region. 

Speaking at a Muslim prayer service held on Friday to end a three-day prayer and fasting period called by the opposition Nation Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Mahama who is a former Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, explained that a such meeting was important and urgent to help curb the spread of the disease.

“It is important for the ECOWAS to arrange an urgent teleconference of our Heads of State to coordinate a subregion-wide response to the COVID-19 disease. This might include restriction of movement between our countries”, he noted.

The prayer service, attended by the National Chief,  Iman Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu, the Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih, the Head of the Ahl-Sunnah al- Jamaat Sheikh Umar Ibrahim and other Muslim leaders followed a Christian service held on Sunday.

The NDC declared the three days of fasting and prayers to seek God’s intervention in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country.

Mr. Mahama who is seeking win back power urged government to as a matter of urgency, strengthen public health management procedures, and provide the needed resources and logistics for managing the pandemic.

This, he said, was critical if “frontline healthcare workers are to have the confidence to continue to battle the disease.”

“As has been outlined by our COVID Technical Team in its engagements, in addition to a concerted effort to provide regular, accurate and timely information, government must work extra hard to ensure the implementation of adequate community mitigation measures”, Mr. Mahama added.

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