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AU: It is time for global action to tackle Ebola

05 August 2014, 09:29

Addis Ababa - The Commission of The African Union (AU) on Monday called for an urgent global response to tackle the Ebola virus ravaging some countries in West Africa.

The commission’s Chairperson, Dr Dlamini Zuma, made the call in a statement issued in Addis Ababa on Monday.

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She said continental and global action was needed to tackle the epidemic “which poses a threat to global health and development.’’

Zuma said the Ebola outbreak had further provided the need for the urgent establishment of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention for early detection, preparedness and response.

She commended the ongoing continental and global efforts to turn the tide against the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The media reports that the epidemic had killed 729 people out of 1 323 infected persons since February, according to the latest reports of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Ebola is the most complex virus the West African region had experienced since it first occurred in 1976.

The virus is spreading throughout the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and one case had been recorded, following the death of an infected Liberian national shortly after he arrived in Lagos.

Zuma called for urgent measures to tackle the outbreak to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the sub-region and beyond.

“Various mechanisms will need to be put in place to ensure that African countries are prepared to deal with the threat.”

The chairperson said AU would support efforts to mobilise member states, partners and the international community to get rid of the ailment.

Zuma, however, appealed for more resources “to meet the deployment of several hundred medical personnel in affected countries to ease the strain on overstretched treatment facilities.”

She called for greater action to stop the epidemic through the strengthening of surveillance systems and community education.

-    NAN


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