Nigeria: ECOWAS intensifies measures to contain Ebola

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With four of its member states hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on Friday that it had intensified measures to contain the disease.

The ECOWAS Commission, in collaboration with the relevant government health authorities, said it had disinfected its Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures and interventions to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed 861 lives in the region since the outbreak started in Guinea in December 2013.

According to a statement from the commission, a team it dispatched worked with health officials to carry out the fumigation on Thursday and this has necessitated the closure of the office facilities for a few days.

''Given the importance that management attaches to the Ebola outbreak, the Commission has since set up a Task Force to respond to concerns that staff might have and to also update them on measures at preventing and tackling the deadly virus,'' the statement said.

Some ECOWAS protocol officials were believed to have had direct contact with Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to Nigeria when he arrived in the country for a conference 20 July. Sawyer died in a private hospital in Lagos five days later.

Meanwhile, ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has expressed the Commission’s condolences and sympathy with Member States and families affected by the epidemic.

PANA reports that four ECOWAS member states - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria - have been hit by the EVD.

According to the latest update from the WHO, Guinea leads in the total number of deaths (367 deaths from 495 cases), followed by Sierra Leone (298 deaths from 717 cases), Liberia (294 deaths from 554 cases) and Nigeria (2 deaths from 13 cases).
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08 أغسطس 2014 18:43:00

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