East African health ministers suspend face-to-face meeting amid COVID-19 pandemic

Source: Xinhua| 2020-03-26 20:25:12|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, March 26 (Xinhua) -- East African ministers have suspended face-to-face meeting until the novel coronavirus pandemic is contained.

The ministers of Health and East Africa Community (EAC) said in a joint statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday that all the meetings henceforth will be conducted through video, webinars and Skype calls.

"We urge all institutions in the region to resort to modern technology like video conferencing as part of COVID-19 management strategy," the ministers said.

The ministers from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda directed that member states implement 100 percent exit and entry screening by applying the multilayer mechanism to avoid loopholes.

They resolved to facilitate free movement of goods in the region during this period when COVID-19 cases continue increasing globally.

They urged governments to support local companies to boost local production of products used in COVID-19 management such as hand sanitizers, medical products, soap and others.

The ministers urged EAC secretariat to mobilize resources and invest in public health systems to ensure resilience and health security in the region.