UN warned that Coronavirus will worsen hunger in Africa

UN Secretary – General , Antonio Guterres, warned that millions of people could be pushed into extreme poverty in Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic and called for “ global solidarity ” with the continent .

“ The pandemic threatens African progress. It will aggravate long – standing inequalities and heighten hunger , malnutrition and vulnerability to disease , ” Guterres said in a statement accompanying a UN study with recommendations for the African continent .

While he congratulated Africa for responding swiftly to the pandemic , which has claimed more than 2 , 500 lives across the continent , Guterres noted that “ as of now , reported cases are lower than feared . ”

“African countries should also have quick , equal and affordable access to any eventual vaccine and treatment , that must be considered global public goods , ” he said in his statement .

Since the pandemic is still in its “ early days ” in Africa , Guterres stressed that “ disruption could escalate quickly . ”

“ Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative – now and for recovering better , ” he said .

Among his recommendations , Guterres urged “ international action to strengthen Africa ’ s health systems , maintain food supplies , avoid a financial crisis. ”

It is also necessary , he added , to “support education , protect jobs, keep households and businesses afloat , and cushion the continent against lost income and export earnings. ”

Guterres called for “ more than $ 200 billion as additional support from the international community” to help Africa recover from the pandemic .

He said he was also advocating “ a comprehensive debt framework – starting with an across- the – board debt standstill for countries unable to service their debt. ”

Share your story with us:sms-+2348107564051, WhatsApp – +2348055459181 – Email – loudspeaker4naija@gmail.com

Remember:Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Advertise with us. Send us enquiries , press release.
Subscribe Now/share/comments/Liked

You can also visit our YouTube channel/YouTube.com/LOUDSPEAKER4NAIJA TV


18 thoughts on “UN warned that Coronavirus will worsen hunger in Africa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loudspeaker4naija Entertainments