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ECOWAS strengthens Ebola awareness amid death of member

13 August 2014, 09:05

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it regretted the death of a staff member from the Ebola virus.

A member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, was among those who assisted the Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who died from the virus at a Lagos hospital last month.

Abdulqudir was aged 36.

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According to a statement from the regional body in Abuja, Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant  Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that incident.

The commission expressed its gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine and commiserated with Abdulqudir’s family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul.  

The statement added that the commission in collaboration with Nigerian health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of the ECOWAS Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation.

“Management has also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance.”

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ECOWAS also reassured staff of all community institutions all over the entire region that it was taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety.

“Management enjoins all staff members and community citizens in general to intensify the observance of personal hygiene. They should also report any suspected case to health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for the effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease.”
It added that ECOWAS had already set up a Solidarity Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the support   contribution of Member States and development partners to the Fund to rid the region of the virus.

- CAJ News


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