By Basil K Mbuye
African football icon, Samuel Eto’o Fils, has pleaded with Africans to adhere to precautionary measures in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.
According to him, it is incumbent on all and sundry to scrupulously respects the preventive measure put in place by their respective Governments and the World Health Organisation, WHO.
The Covid-19 pandemic is gaining ground on the African continent. The state of health systems, lack of access to water and conflicts now raise fears of a rampant spread.
The WHO has expressed concerns over the past few days about the Coronavirus outbreak on the African continent, whose health systems are below standard. To this end, important personalities from the continent like Eto’o and others are stepping up to raise awareness.
The former Barcelona player’s plea is coming at a time that Africa continues to register an increase in the number of infected persons.
He did this by using his social media accounts to pass the message to his thousands of fans and also his African brothers and sisters.
Hear him: “My African brothers and sisters! Coronavirus has taken over our lives, with malice, arrogance and without notice. It knows neither race, religion nor political parties. It kills the rich and the poor. Even in countries where research is done well, the consequences are disastrous and unpredictable.
“For all these reasons my brothers, sisters, dear parents, I ask you to respect the instructions given by the authorities of our countries and the World Health Organisation. Let us do it for ourselves, for our children, for our parents, for our neighbours, for Africa. Let’s do it, out of love.”
The four-time African Player of the Year joins his voice alongside other African football greats like Roger Milla, Joseph-Antoine Bell, Didier Drogba, Aliou Cisse, El Hadji Diouf amongst others.