A new Chinese coronavirus, a cousin of the SARS virus, has infected hundreds since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December.

The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) says West African region is in need of 50 million dollars to strengthen the capacity of member states, especially weak countries that lacked the capacity to diagnose or contain Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Prof. Stanley Okolo, Director-General of WAHO, made this known to newsmen on Monday in Abuja, while delivering the outcome from the Emergency meeting held in Bamako, Republic of Mali.

Okolo said that only about six countries of 15 countries in the region have the capacity to diagnose and contain the virus.


He explained that the needed funding would be used to boost the capacity of weak countries and purchase reagents, among others.

The director-general listed countries with the capacity to diagnose or contain Coranavirus to include: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Cote d’ivoire.

Others are Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Senegal with each country having at least one suspected case that tested negative.

On rumours that Covid-19 could not survive in tropical environments, the director-general said the research was still ongoing to ascertain if it was true.


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