African Health Ministers on Wednesday converged in Accra to discuss possible ways of combating the spread of Ebola virus which is wreaking havoc in some West African countries.Speaking at the function World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Director, Africa, Dr Luis Samba said the meeting was to update and share experience of the affected countries, adopt strategy for control, quick response measures, and rope in leadership for effective management of the disease as well as funding for the fight against the dreadful disease.
He said the meeting was an emergency one as it has become critical for the WHO and its stakeholders to find lasting solution for the spread of the disease.
Ghana’s Health Minister Ms Sherry Ayittey said the meeting opened opportunity for her colleague ministers to brainstorm on how best the Ebola menace could be eradicated. She said it was high time as government officials used their positions to coordinate and mobiles experts to fight the disease.
Ms Ayittey used the occasion to call on international donors to assist African countries with funds to fight the disease which had infected about 750 people, killing 455 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as at July 1, 2014.
Ebola virus was first reported in DR Congo in 1976 on the banks of Ebola River hence the name Ebola. The two-day meeting is being attending by 11 African countries.
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