Flight to land in Ghana after Ebola screen

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Air Ghana landing at Kotoka International Airport

from RUSSEL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA has assured the African Union Commission of its readiness to take the lead in allowing regional flights to land, as well as ships dock on Ghana’s ports, once proper screening methods had been assured.

The assurance followed a meeting between Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and AU Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Dr Carlos Lopes, the AUC Chairperson also met with Ministers on the first lap of their visit to the Ebola-affected countries.

“We thought it was important to meet with you, given that Ghana is the current Chair of ECOWAS, but also as a Member State in the sub-region with an important role to play.

“We will discuss some of the issues raised at the last Emergency meeting of the Executive Council,” Zuma said before proceeding to engage in discussions with the Ghanaian authorities on issues including flights, and the need to step up the mobilization of human and financial resources.

The AU’s emergency meeting took a decision on opening boarders, but there is a challenge about flights, which the airlines have raised, including the arrival and departure screening at the ports.

Ghana’s VP accepted the call, to join with a few other countries, to lead the way.

Amissah-Arthur outlined Ghana’s public education efforts, health service training and infrastructure in readiness to deal with Ebola, should there be any emergence of cases within its borders.

Appreciating the presence of the UNECA Executive Secretary, he drew attention to the ongoing and potentially devastating socio-economic consequences of the disease outbreak in the economies of these countries as well as that of the region and beyond.

“We need a comprehensive and coordinated regional response to the outbreak,” said.

The AUC and UNECA leaders will be in Freetown and Monrovia until Friday.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

 

 

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