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Kenyatta urges more collaboration between African states in the struggle against Covid-19

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On Wednesday, 29 April 2020 Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta urged African countries to collaborate more in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic through information sharing and pooling of intervention resources.

Speaking during a virtual meeting of the African Union Bureau of the Assembly with the Chairpersons of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Kenyatta appreciated the support Africa has received from the international community but emphasized the need for the continent to stand together in the fight against Covid-19 saying unity will ensure better results.

“I want to say that we need to be able to work together and to pool whatever little resources we have and show that we are also capable of coming together to defeat this virus,” he said.

He said African leaders need to understand that countries across the world over are overwhelmed by the pandemic pointing out that even the richest nations are struggling to meet demands brought about by Covid-19.

“We are facing financial, material and structural constraints. However, we must also face up to the reality that resources are finite everywhere and even the richest countries today are struggling in the wake of this global pandemic. Therefore, I am very encouraged by what we are doing for ourselves on the continent,” the Kenyan leader said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday.

He pointed out that African nations need to move with speed in mobilising and deploying resources to support countries in the fight against Covid-19.

So far, African countries led by South Africa and Egypt have pledged 61 million US Dollars for the fight against the virus on the continent.

Kenyatta said there was need to encourage more African nations to contribute to the kitty so as to scale up continental interventions.

“As we continue to fight this pandemic which continues to pose an existential threat to many of our countries, I also believe that there are encouraging signs if we continue to stay the course, remain focused, vigilant and more importantly disciplined,” he said.

Kenyatta however expressed concern about the rise of infections on a daily basis noting that ten countries in Africa have over a thousand cases with three of them having passed the four thousand mark.

He therefore urged countries to intensify actions aimed at containing the spread of the respiratory disease including increased testing and enhanced surveillance measures.



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