Lockdown will fail without effective testing, Jonathan warns

Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has called on stronger economies and international agencies like the World Health Organisation  to support the efforts of Nigeria and other African nations towards procuring the necessary equipment and kits to enable them conduct aggressive COVID-19 testing.

He also said lockdown would fail without effective coronavirus testing.

He also appealed to international financing and donor agencies as well as creditor nations to consider granting economic palliatives including debt relief, to help weaker nations cope with the economic difficulties brought upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jonathan made the calls while speaking as a panelist in an international web-based conference organised by the Universal Peace Federation,’ according  to a statement on Monday by Jonathan’s media aide, Ikechukwu Eze.

According to the statement, Jonathan said, “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.

“The 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 to procure the necessary kits to enable them to conduct aggressive testing now that many cities are locked down.”

 

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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