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ECOWAS seeks defenses' intervention in Ebola outbreak

11 September 2014, 09:01

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has called on the defence forces of its Member States to lend their professional support towards defeating the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The scourge has claimed more than 2 000 lives from almost 4 000 cases reported in the region since the beginning of the year.

Nigeria is one of several countries in West Africa affected by the outbreak.

The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, said the disease, if not adequately addressed, would have far reaching devastating consequences for the development of the region.

Also read: ECOWAS steps into the Ebola fight

She therefore called for “collective efforts” in assisting and supporting member states whose populations are facing the menace of this disease and the contribution of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) in battling the heath crisis.

The commissioner outlined various intervention measures taken by the ECOWAS in combating the disease including the setting up of a Solidarity Fund coupled with multi-stakeholder collaborations to beat the health emergency with socio-economic development implications.

Suleiman noted that the region had in the past two years witnessed challenging crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau as well as terrorism, piracy and other criminal acts in the Gulf of Guinea.

The commissioner addressed the 34th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS which opened in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday.

– CAJ News


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