Cote d'Ivoire: Civil society urges ECOWAS to appoint special envoy to lead Ebola fight

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Over forty civil society organisations have called for the appointment of a special envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead the fight against the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,500 people in the sub-region.

In a statement received by PANA, the organisations urged the ECOWAS member states to  appoint a special envoy who would be a medical doctor or a health care profession with a  proven experience.

They said the road map of the World Health Organization (WHO), which foresees that more than 20,000 people could be infected with the Ebola virus, implies that "the challenge is considerable, and a lot of work must be urgently done to curb this dangerous situation".

The missions of this special envoy will be to complement the efforts of the WHO as well as draw attention to the public health and humanitarian challenges caused by the Ebola virus.

He will also be the leader of the  regional response plan led by Africa and the international donors.

"The challenge we are facing is extraordinary and the ECOWAS has to create a specialised platform  to solve this problem. We strongly urge all member states of ECOWAS to work toward the appointment of the special envoy,'' they said.
-0- PANA BAL/JSG/BBA/SEG 3Sept2014

03 september 2014 11:12:38




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