Nigeria: ECOWAS asks international community for more aid to contain Ebola

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday solicited the help of the international community towards tackling the Ebola scourge ravaging its member states of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

ECOWAS Council of Ministers chair and Ghana's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Hanna Tetteh said during the 20th ECOWAS-European Union (EU) senior officials and ministerial meeting in Abuja that sustained help is needed from the international community to stem the tide of the Ebola spread in the three countries and also to ensure that other member countries are not affected.

Ms Tetteh regretted that the Ebola virus disease has become a threat to the regional integration process as well as regional peace and security, stating that it has also posed particular adverse effects on the economies of the affected countries.

"It has undermined human security as well as social and humanitarian stability in three states and in other member states of ECOWAS. Member states have chosen not to despair but to rise to the occasion through the show of brotherly solidarity, through the provision of financial and material support and through the deployment of ECOWAS volunteers to assist in eradicating the scourge," she said.

The inter-regional ministerial meeting is seeking collaboration to sustain peace and security and help ECOWAS ensure peaceful elections in the West African sub-region.

Already, the international community has responded with donations from EU amounting to €1 million and $30 million from China.

The Ebola Virus Disease broke out in the region in February 2014.
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