ECOWAS assures China on plans to thwart Ebola
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – PRESIDENT of the Economic Community of West African States Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has assured that the regional body was cooperating with Member States and international partners to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.
The disease has claimed more than 720 lives from over 1 000 cases reported in the region.
The ECOWAS President gave the assurance while accrediting the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Gu Xiaojie, during a short ceremony at the Commission’s Abuja headquarters.
“We consider it (the outbreak) as a regional security threat and under the directive by our Heads of State and Government to the Commission and the West African Health Organization (WAHO), an Ebola Solidarity Fund has been set up to ensure that all affected countries are supported to rid our region of the disease,” he said.
The ECOWAS head also informed the Ambassador that the leaders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and World Health Organization (WHO) senior officials were due to meet in Conakry, Guinea today as part of efforts to develop a comprehensive strategy and mechanism to silence the disease.
He assured that necessary measures were being taken at all levels to support member states in preventive and control initiatives and appealed to community citizens, health authorities and other stakeholders to take individual and collective precautionary measures for the effective management of cases and to stop the deadly virus in its tracks.
Ambassador Xiaojie expressed China’s sympathy and solidarity with ECOWAS and the affected member states and pledged his country’s support in combating the outbreak.
– CAJ News
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