RISK COMMUNICATION ADVICE FOR STAFF
The Covid-19 epidemic infection which started in China in January 2020 is now a global pandemic. The epidemic has now largely ended in China but is spreading rapidly in other parts of the world including Africa.
The first case in the ECOWAS region was confirmed on 28 February in Nigeria. By 22 March, just over three weeks later, there have been 172 confirmed cases in 12 ECOWAS Member States - Burkina Faso 64, Senegal 47, Ghana 16, Côte d’Ivoire 14, Nigeria 12, Togo 9, Liberia 3, Benin 2, Guinea 2, Niger 1, The Gambia 1, Togo 1, and Cabo Verde 1; with 3 deaths in Burkina Faso.
The following advice has therefore been prepared by West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) for the ECOWAS Community based on international recommendations, with the objective being to protect staff, facilitate work during the pandemic and contribute to containment of the pandemic in the region.