Ghana: Togo's President Gnassingbe to supervise EVD response, eradication process

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders who met at an extraordinary session in Accra, Ghana, Thursday have appointed Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe as the supervisor of the Ebola Virus Disease response and eradication process, according to a communique issued at the end of the one-day meeting.

At the session, called to strengthen the fight against Ebola, which has killed over 5,000 mainly in West Africa, the leaders expressed ''strong feelings'' at the loss of thousands of lives since the outbreak of the epidemic and reiterated solidarity and sympathy with the people of the affected countries, in particular Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Mali.

''The Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their firm commitment to continue their joint and coordinated efforts in the determined fight against the Ebola Virus Disease. To that end, they commended the appropriate actions undertaken by Nigeria and Senegal, which enabled these two Member States to contain the epidemic.

''While also encouraging the other affected countries in their efforts to contain the epidemic, they expressed their hope that these countries will achieve the same success,'' PANA quoted the communique as saying.

The ECOWAS leaders called on all the Member States to urgently develop and implement guidelines on Ebola treatment and management in line with WHO standards. They also urge them to join ICAO and seek assistance from the ICAO/WHO Cooperation Arrangement for the Prevention of the Spread of Communicable Diseases through Air Travel (CAPSCA).

The leaders also urged the 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 and isolation centres as well as ensure their security.

They encouraged Member States to provide additional medical and voluntary staff to the affected

The communique called on ECOWAS Member States to urgently develop and implement guidelines on Ebola treatment and management in line with WHO standards.

Allaying fears that the pandemic could affect the free movement of persons and goods in the West African sub-region, the Heads of State and Government reiterate their unwavering commitment to the principles of free movement within the ECOWAS region and invite all the Member States to adhere to them, in particular by removing restriction and ban on the movement of persons and goods to and from the affected countries, while observing the appropriate health control at the

They urged the Member States to conduct extensive public education, communication and awareness on the Ebola Virus Disease with a view to preventing the stigmatisation of affected persons and stopping the transmission of the disease.

''To better address sanitary crisis in the future, the Heads of State and Government consider that it is essential to ensure the strengthening of national health systems by improving upon their effectiveness and also by increasing the resources allocated them in the national budgets in accordance with the Abuja Declaration, which requires the allocation of 15% of the total budget,'' the communique said.

The extraordinary session was attend by Presidents Thomas Boni Yayo (Benin); Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire; John Dramani Mahama (Ghana); José Mario Yaz (Guinea Bissau); Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Mali); Mahamadou Issofou (Niger); Macky Sall (Senegal); Faure Gnassingbe (Togo), Nigeria's vice President Mohammed Sambo; Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister of Cabo Verde and Maria Cristina Lopes Almeida Fontes Lima.

Others who attended are the Minister of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment, Republic of The Gambia Abdoulie Jobe; Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Board on EBOLA Office of the Republic of Liberia Emmanuel Dolo, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation; Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Ghana Clemence Traore and Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Guinea to Ghana and Togo Arafan Kaba.
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07 november 2014 00:29:49




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