Ghana to contribute $1m to ECOWAS fund to combat Ebola

Ghana has promised to contribute one million dollars to an ECOWAS fund set up to combat the deadly Ebola virus in the West African sub region.

The country is also committing 20 medical personnel as part of efforts to help fight the disease.

This forms part of decisions taken after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit in Accra.

In a communiqué issued after the ECOWAS summit, all member states are to immediately detail military personnel to the various Ebola struck countries.

They are expected to assist medical staff in those countries and also help in the construction of more treatment and isolation centers.  

Health Minister Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah, told Joy News, Ghana hopes to contribute about twenty (20) medical personnel to the efforts, explaining that other countries such as Cuba are sending larger numbers.

“Ghana will definitely do its bit. I have seen the letter, I minuted it to the Director General of Ghana Health Service to mobilise the personnel who would want to go.”

There are currently 13,042 confirmed or suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in six countries (including the USA, Spain and Italy), according to the World Health Organization. WHO released its data on Wednesday for the period of the outbreak up to November 2, 2014, saying that Ebola has now been blamed for 4,818 reported deaths.


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