Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet on Ebola

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff kick off an extraordinary meeting in Ghana's capital, Accra, Monday to strengthen regional response against the Ebola outbreak which has inflicted huge humanitarian and economic tolls on the region.

The meeting, under the aegis of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS), is at the instance of regional leaders, who at their Extraordinary Summit on Ebola also in Accra 6 Nov urged member states to contribute military personnel and logistics to enhance response capacities, support the medical staff on the field and participate in the construction of additional treatment centres and ensure security.

According to the ECOWAS Commission, the defence chiefs will discuss the range of contributions including pledges by member states and deployment of military personnel to the most affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - in compliance with the decision of the regional leaders.

The CCDS Accra meeting, which comes on the heels of the deployment on 3 Dec. of the first batch of ECOWAS volunteer health workers to the three countries after training in Accra, will also consider the ECOWAS Standby Force’s Concept of Operations on the fight against Ebola.

Within the context of the regional response initiatives, Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo visited Togo on 4  Dec.
to meet with President Faure Gnassingbe on the implementation of the regional Roadmap for the defeat of the Ebola epidemic in the region

The 6 Nov. Extraordinary Summit appointed the Togolese leader to supervise the Ebola response and eradication process encapsulated in the regional Roadmap, and also endorsed the Regional Integrated Operational Plan for Response to Ebola, having already set up a Solidarity Fund to deal with the disease.

President Ouédraogo and ECOWAS Chairman President John Dramani Mahama have already paid solidarity visits to the three member states worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic, which has claimed some 7,000 lives.
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08 december 2014 08:19:47

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