ABUJA: THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners will on Friday hold a high-level coordination meeting in Accra, Ghana to assess progress made in tackling the deadly Ebola virus.
According to a statement from the regional body headquarters in Abuja, the meeting will acknowledged efforts of all partners and provide an opportunity for the briefing of stakeholders on the status of the Ebola challenge with a view to drawing attention to the need for more coordinated action on the fight against the disease, and its elimination globally.
It will also discuss effective coordination of the Ebola response initiatives, provide a platform for information sharing on the situation in the affected Member States, evaluate the impact of efforts so far exerted on the fight, ascertain the role of the private sector, and define the functions of various partners and stakeholders in the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The outbreak has claimed more than 8 000 lives from over 20 000 reported cases, mainly in the region from March last year.
The meeting is being held under the auspices of the Chairman of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, and President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo, the Supervisor of the Process of the fight against Ebola in the region.
Ebola has continued claiming lives in the region but the ongoing Boko Haram crisis has overshadowed its coverage lately.
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