By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
The President of the landlocked West African country of Burkina Faso has offered six months of his salary to help in the fight against the novel Coronavirus, National Telegraph can confirm.
Burkina Faso’s government spokesperson, Remis Fulgence Djandinou, also confirmed President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré made the magnanimous gesture as his contribution to the country’s support fund to fight against COVID-19.
The President earns 2.5M FCFA ( approximately $4,142.80), according to L’Economiste du Faso, a local newspaper. National Telegraph has also been informed by Remis Dandjinou that following the example of the president, the Prime Minister has also given 4 months of his salary, state ministers two months, and ministers a month each.
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, the president personally paid a visit to medical personnel of the Medical Center at the University Hospital of Tengandogo, in the country’s capital, Ouagadougou, in order to hail them for their commitment and professionalism in the fight against COVID-19.
Medical sources say as of Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Burkina Faso had 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 38 deaths. 362 cases have successfully recovered from the disease.