Nigeria: ECOWAS leaders to hold extra-ordinary summit on Ebola, Burkina Faso

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS leaders are due to meet at an extra-ordinary summit in Accra, Ghana, 6-7 Nov. 2014 to review the regional response to the Ebola outbreak and also discuss the political development in Burkina Faso, the ECOWAS Commission said Tuesday.

Ahead of the summit, the host and ECOWAS Chairman, President John Dramani Mahama, accompanied by two of his colleagues - President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Macky Sall of Senegal - will visit Ouagadougou on Wednesday for talks with Burkinabe political stakeholders following the army takeover of government in the aftermath of President Blaise Compaoré's resignation.

The Accra extra-ordinary summit will receive a presentation on the latest development on Ebola and a Memorandum by ECOWAS Commission President Kadré Desire Ouédraogo on the progress of the regional response initiatives to defeat the outbreak, which has claimed more than 5,000 lives from over 10,000 reported cases, mainly in the West African region.

According to the Commission, the summit will be preceded by the Ministerial Coordinating Group session on Ebola, the outcome of which will feed into the agenda of the regional leaders’ meeting.

Since the Ebola outbreak last March, ECOWAS, in collaboration with the international community, has deployed wide-ranging response initiatives and interventions including the establishment of a Solidarity Fund to tackle the disease, and development of a Regional Action Plan, with emphasis on a coordinated approach for proactive community mobilisation and participation.

The regional response strategy is underpinned by emphasis on prevention, adequate preparedness and case management through multi-sectoral concerted efforts, including deployment of crisis communication tools, community mobilisation, solidarity and advocacy for proper personal and public hygiene.
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04 novembre 2014 23:19:24

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