CORONAVIRUS FIGHT: ERITREA PRESENTS THE BEST RESULTS
In Eritrea containment measures are managed by the wardens and members of the community holding each other accountable for the common good of the society. ©Eritrea - Ministry of Information
37 cures out of 39 confirmed cases and zero deaths, this is the result posted to date by Eritrea. The country has one of the best results of the countries affected by the new Coronavirus pandemic in the world.
On February 22, 2020, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, sent an alarming message to African states so that their state authorities can prepare for the coronavirus pandemic. This message stressed that the health systems of African countries are underdeveloped and that it is crucial to provide health, human and economic forces to enable them to cope as best as possible with the virus. Eritrea, which is ranked among the smallest countries in Africa, was no exception. However, Asmara followed the recommendations recommended by the WHO, taking health measures with the aim of curbing the coronavirus as effectively as possible.
THE REASONS FOR THIS RESISTANCE TO COVID-19
The reasons for this relative success are certainly to be found in the discipline of its population and respect for the authorities. And by questioning the international organizations present in the country, we came to the following answers:
- The patriotic and disciplined population which has mobilized actively to face the challenges posed by this pandemic.
- Awareness raising on the part of public and private media
- Effective prevention management on the part of the Government, which closed its air, sea and land borders very early by putting all those arrested since the start of the epidemic and quarantine.
- Effective measures to support families during the confinement period through direct assistance from the Government and Eritrean citizens from within the country and from the diaspora
- The support and the prize in charge of the most fragile people by the local communities.
With a population of 4.5 million, a government which has made equal opportunities for all its citizens, the pole star of its policy which translates into free education and health for all, Eritrea is an example to follow and Africa. The peace agreement signed with Ethiopia and the resumption of relations with the international community, point to a very promising future. Already, housing, road, port, sanitary and hotel construction programs will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and encourage the return of a diaspora that has always been recognized for its patriotism and dynamism.