Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Sadie Tunis has called on regional and national legislatures to propose ways of cushioning the effects of COVID-19.
He stated this at the closing of the 2nd Extra Ordinary Session of the Fifth Legislature, which was conducted online.
The Speaker said the effects on economic activities has worsened the rate of poverty in the region and stressed the need for legislators to collaborate with governments to bring succour
“The world, especially our sub-region, is under the threat of hunger. Even though we are in the rainy season, restrictions occasioned by the pandemic have made farming activities difficult. As Parliamentarians, we must fashion out a way of proposing cushioning effects.
Tunis advised government in the region to improve access to health care for those who are suffering from other ailments other than COVID 19, to reduce the rate of mortality.
“We are aware that patients with other ailments are being turned back, especially where symptoms are similar to that of the coronavirus. Patients on the other hand, have resulted in self-medication due to the general reluctance to visit hospitals, again for fear of getting infected. I am afraid that at the end of the pandemic, we may be faced with two sets of fatalities; those whose deaths are a result of the virus and those who, for fear of the virus, succumb to other ailments.”
The Speaker appealed for the provision of more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health workers.