ECOWAS Health Ministers to asses Ebola crisis
from MASAHUDU KUNATEH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA will on Thursday host an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Assembly of Health Ministers on the Ebola disease.
Five people have been reported to have died in Nigeria after contracting
The Head of Public Relations at Ghana’s Ministry of Health, Dan Osman
Mwin, noted the overall objective of the meeting under the auspices of the
West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) was to beef up implementation of
strategies to contain the virus disease outbreak in the ECOWAS sub-region.
The meeting will among other things also support implementation of
synchronized cross-border interventions and provide financial support to
the four affected countries to strengthen preventive and control measures.
“The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, notably in Guinea,
Sierra Leone, Liberia and recently in Nigeria is a threat to regional and
global public health safety as well as the economic and social security of
the affected countries and therefore considered as one of the most
frightening ever experienced since the outbreak of the disease more that
forty years ago,” he further noted.
According to the ministry, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in is a threat
to regional and global public health safety as well as the economic and
social security of the affected countries and therefore considered as one
of the most frightening ever experienced since the outbreak of the disease
more that 40 years ago.
Expected outcomes of the meeting will include update on Ebola outbreak in
the ECOWAS sub- region, a review of the implementation of recommendations
from the various meetings held on the epidemic, identify difficulties at
each level of the control of epidemic and identify as well as estimate
appropriate strategies and resources needed to curb the epidemic.
More than 1 400 people have been reported dead from 2 600 cases.
– CAJ News
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