Nigeria: UN commends AfDB fight against Ebola in Mali

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Head of the United Nations Mission for Emergency Action against Ebola in Mali, Ibrahima Fall Socé, has commended the intervention of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in thwarting the spread of the disease in the country.

This is contained in a statement made available to PANA in Lagos on Saturday, which also noted the support that had covered critical activities such as capacity building and the recruitment and deployment of 20 field epidemiologists.

“The AfDB support, both in the preparation and the response phases, was exceptional in its speed and the level of resources mobilized,” Socé, was quoted as saying.

AfDB has also strengthened logistics including the purchase of vehicles at the central level in Mali, and in the priority regions.

“This support will also significantly contribute to the functioning of the Emergency Operations Centre,” the UN official added.

Soce is also the Resident Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Mali.

According to the WHO, EVD has killed more than 6,000 people, with about 3,000 cases recorded in the most hard hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Nigeria and Senegal which also recorded some deaths, have been declared Ebola-free by the Geneva-based World Health Organisation.

Mali is expected to be declared Ebola-free by mid-January 2015, according to the AfDB Resident Representative in Mali, Helene N’Garnim-Ganga,

She added: ”The AfDB is proud of its prompt contribution to the efforts which helped contain the spread of disease. Thanks to this collective and timely response.”

Mali benefitted from a US$3 million grant within a wider US$60 million AfDB grant to help strengthen West Africa’s public health systems in response to the Ebola crisis.

This programme, managed by the WHO, is open to all the 15 West African countries, with flexible country allocations calculated according to the WHO’s Roadmap and assessments of the relative severity of the epidemic in each country.

The AfDB also extended loans and grants worth US$150 million to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire in October 2014.

This is in addition to a number of emergency grants which also included Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The total of AfDB’s support to fight Ebola in West Africa amounts US$223 million.
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20 december 2014 13:41:52




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