ECOWAS health workers deployed to Ebola-hit countries
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – LOCAL health workers and their counterparts from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have undergone training in Accra, Ghana ahead of their deployment in the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak in the region.
This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the headquarters of the regional body in Abuja.
According to the statement, the health workers are from Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.
ECOWAS added that the workers will be deployed to Ebola affected countries after the five-day training beginning Monday this week.
The statement said the health workers will work with personnel of health ministries in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, in coordinated response efforts to defeat the Ebola scourge, which has claimed more than 5 000 lives mainly in the three affected countries.
The joint training and deployment initiative by the African Union and ECOWAS through the Organization of West African Health Organization (WAHO), its specialized agency, will involve some 150 health workers be deployed for three months.
It is part of the regional response plan adopted by the last Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers aimed at providing substantial support in human resources to strengthen the health system of the affected countries in their efforts to contain the epidemic, the statement read.
The health workers’ input will include identification of cases, contact tracing, case management, handling of corpses and strengthening of preventive measures, while revitalizing the health system of the affected countries.
The opening ceremony of the training at the Kofi Annan International Peace keeping Training Centre, which is supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), will feature speeches by Ghana’s Minister of Health, President of the ECOWAS Commission, and representatives of the African Union and the AfDB.
– CAJ News
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