ECOWAS leader in key discussion on Ebola roadmap

ABUJA: THE President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, is scheduled to meet Togo President, Faure Essozimma Gnassingbe, on the implementation of the regional roadmap to combat the Ebola epidemic in the region

According to a press statement by the Directorate of Communications, from the headquarters of the regional body in Abuja, Ouédraogo is accompanied on the visit by Dr. Xavier Crespin, Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO).

The ECOWAS road map on Ebola seeks to strengthen coordinated response initiatives and leadership at national and regional levels, with mobilization of necessary resources for joint interventions for health systems strengthening and effective regional epidemiological surveillance.

Since the latest Ebola outbreak in March, ECOWAS members, institutions and development partners have deployed appreciable response initiatives resulting in the containment of the disease and successful break of transmission in several countries

In reaffirming their commitment to a coordinated efforts at eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease, which has claimed some 7 000 lives, ECOWAS Heads of State and Government at their Extraordinary Summit in Accra last month, appointed the Togolese leader to supervise the Ebola response and eradication process encapsulated in a regional roadmap.

The summit also endorsed the Regional Integrated Operational Plan for Response to Ebola, having already set up a Solidarity Fund to deal with the disease.

Ouédraogo and the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama , have already paid solidarity visits to the three most affected member states- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Some 150 volunteer health workers from six ECOWAS Member States are also being deployed to the three countries after undergoing training recently, in Accra, the regional hub for the coordination international response initiatives.

While Nigeria has been declared free of Ebola, the disease claimed several lives in the middle of the year.