Accra - Ghana will on Thursday host an extraordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Assembly of Health Ministers on the Ebola disease.
Five people have been reported to have died in Nigeria after contracting the epidemic.
The Head of Public Relations at Ghana's Ministry of Health, Dan Osman Mwin, noted the overall objective of the meeting under the auspices of the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) was to beef up implementation of strategies to contain the virus disease outbreak in the ECOWAS sub-region.
The meeting will among other things also support implementation of synchronized cross-border interventions and provide financial support to the four affected countries to strengthen preventive and control measures.
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“The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, notably in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and recently in Nigeria is a threat to regional and global public health safety as well as the economic and social security of the affected countries and therefore considered as one of the most frightening ever experienced since the outbreak of the disease more that forty years ago,” he further noted.
According to the ministry, the Ebola virus disease outbreak in is a threat to regional and global public health safety as well as the economic and social security of the affected countries and therefore considered as one of the most frightening ever experienced since the outbreak of the disease more that 40 years ago.
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Expected outcomes of the meeting will include update on Ebola outbreak in the ECOWAS sub- region, a review of the implementation of recommendations from the various meetings held on the epidemic, identify difficulties at each level of the control of epidemic and identify as well as estimate appropriate strategies and resources needed to curb the epidemic.
More than 1 400 people have been reported dead from 2 600 cases.
– CAJ News