Ghana: Ban lauds Mahama for 'wise, bold' decision on Ebola war

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has praised President John Mahama of Ghana for his wise, bold and timely decision as well as leadership to have Accra serve as the logistics hub for the fight against Ebola and for the establishment of the United Nations Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Mission in the country.

The UN Secretary-General was speaking on Thursday evening at the Presidency in Flagstaff House, Accra, where he and a delegation top UN officials were received by the President.

“I thank you for your very strong leadership in working together with the UN in addressing this unprecedented outbreak of Ebola,” Ban said, according to an official statement issued by the Ghanaian presidency.

“Your decision and cooperation in establishing UNMEER here have helped the UN and the international community a great deal to address this issue. Thanks to Ghana, UNMEER has been able to deploy quickly to the affected countries. Ghana has played a key role,” he added.  

Ban also commended President Mahama for the role that ECOWAS has played under the leadership of President Mahama in the fight against the deadly Ebola, which has killed more than 6,300 people mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

President Mahama welcomed Ban and his delegation and thanked him for everything that the United Nations has been doing to support people in the affected nations.  

“Your coming here to visit the affected nations is going to be a very strong sign of encouragement to them,” said President Mahama. He commended the fast manner in which the UN’s Ebola mission was deployed.  

President Mahama expressed regret that the Ebola outbreak had caused a humanitarian disaster, displaced many people and created a wave of orphans, and also affected the economic fortunes of these countries and the sub-region as a whole.  

The statement said the two leaders exchanged views on the resumption of flights by many airlines to the affected nations and the way forward.  

Ban pledged that the United Nations would stand with the people in the affected nations until Ebola was defeated.  

“We must make sure that the last case of Ebola is identified treated and eliminated. The UN will stand with the people of the region – the affected countries – until such time that we make sure that there are no more cases of Ebola.”

Ban was accompanied by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, Dr. David Nabarro, and the Head of the UN’s Ebola Mission, Mr. Tony Banbury.

He leaves Accra on Friday morning for Liberia, at the start of the four-nation visit that will also take him to Liberia, Guinea and Mali.
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19 december 2014 09:20:01

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