H.E Jean Kassi Brou, the President of the ECOWAS Fee has lauded the European Union (EU), the federal government of Germany and the event companions over the assist that the West African area is receiving within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 pandemic.
The president gave the commendation at a joint handover occasion of crucial medical gear and Private Protecting Gear (PPE) by the EU and Germany in support of a robustresponse to covid-19 within the ECOWAS area, on the 26th of February, 2021 in Abuja, Nigeria.
President Brou who was represented by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Finance, Madam Halima Ahmed, famous that because the pandemic continues to evolve, there may be now an pressing
must strengthen nationwide capacities and supply important medical provides.
Acknowledging the assist and un-common solidarity of the German authorities, he mentioned the nation’s Federal Ministry of Financial Cooperation and Improvement (BMZ), in collaboration with the EU, has been delivering covid-19 response supplies to ECOWAS, specifically, the supply PPEs, and Intensive Care Unit (ICUs), outfitted with oxygen compressors and different medical provides.
Sustaining that the assist is a transparent assertion of the power of collaboration and partnerships in guaranteeing inclusive, sustainable improvement of the area, he recommended the laborious work and dedication of the management of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for securing the a lot wanted medical provides and gear.
Mentioned President Brou shortly earlier than the supplies had been handed over: “Within the wake of recurring Ebola epidemic within the sub-region, and the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances and
deaths, ECOWAS is dedicated to not solely mitigate any potential disruptions to the provision
of important gear and suppliers, but additionally guarantee entry to reasonably priced and viable vaccines. We’re additionally working to make sure the acceptability and utilization of the vaccines by our
folks and I want to reiterate the sturdy assist of ECOWAS establishments to the struggle in opposition to infectious illnesses”
After a presentation on the regional programme assist to pandemic prevention within the ECOWAS area by Mr. Damien Bishop, the GIZ Head of programmes, Mrs Cécile TassinPelzer, Head of Cooperation European Union (EU) Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that it was so as to react well timed to the pandemic that the EU launched “Crew Europe” package deal to assist accomplice international locations within the struggle in opposition to the illness and its penalties underneath the motto Stronger Collectively in opposition to COVID-19.
Additionally talking on the occasion, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Nigerian Minister of Well being, regaled the fruitful cooperation with multilateral and bilateral establishments and promised environment friendly and equitable distribution of the supplies in line with the method already labored out.
Professor Stanley Okolo, the Director Basic of WAHO described the handover as a “implausible instance of partnership in motion” whereas Nation Director of GIZ Madam Ina Hommers emphasised that managing the COVID-19 outbreak requires collective efforts throughout international locations.
The supplies donated are within the type of PPE in addition to gear for ICUs, akin to oxygen compressors, have arrived in Abuja, Nigeria. The primary two consignments (of extra to comply with) shall be handed over to ECOWAS Fee and the West African Well being Organisation (WAHO) for distribution to the 15 ECOWAS Member States by means of the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Illness Management (ECOWAS-RCSDC).