Buhari urges Africa to unite against Ebola, pledges US$1m


President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
To underscore the importance of Africa ridding the Continent of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and in the spirit of Africa helping Africans in the Ebola recovery and reconstruction, President Muhammadu Buhari today, 21/07/201, at the International Conference on Africa’s Fight Against Ebola, in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, announced a donation of US$1 million to the cause. This is in addition to earlier contributions by Nigeria to stem the disease in the region.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, used the forum to share Nigeria’s experience in 2014, in rapidly containing the deadly virus. He however pointed out that “Nigeria is not celebrating the end of Ebola in Nigeria until this disease is totally eliminated from the West African region…This is because the Ebola in one country remains also a threat to another.” Therefore, he posited that meeting the challenge is “Crucial to us right now and so we remain committed to support all efforts of the African Union in this fight.”
He affirmed that along this line, Nigeria is in full support of the establishment of the African Centre for Disease Control (ACDC) working with the regional Centre’s for Disease control, which he said, will significantly enhance health targets to build the International Health Regulations (IHR) Capacities. The ECOWAS region, he observed, was the first to take this initiative of establishing a regional Centre for Disease Control in which the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was designed as the regional Centre in recognition of its role in curtailing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria and the Region.
He disclosed that Nigeria is supporting research efforts in developing therapies and vaccines against the disease, explanting that these efforts are leading to the development …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper