The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has described the outbreak of the infectious Ebola Virus Disease ( EVD ) as a security threat to the West African sub-region.
ECOWAS Commission President, Kadre Desire Quedraogo stated this in Abuja, stressing that, the epidemic is a security issue that not only causes havoc for one country but is now a regional concern.
He stated this at the Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPPC) meeting at the Federal Ministry of Health, Quedraogo said he took the opportunity of the high level meeting of the coordinating body for bilateral and multilateral partnerships in Nigeria to pay a courtesy visit to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu.
“I convey to the government of Nigeria the total solidarity and support of ECOWAS in this very courageous struggle against the Ebola epidemic”, he said
“ECOWAS also has suffered the devastating effect of this epidemic because we lost one of our dedicated staff and we received support and assistance from the Minister of Health in handling this very sad case.
“We fully appreciate what the international community, the health authority in Nigeria, the health personnel, and I want here to pay tribute to the courage of all the people involved in managing this epidemic in Nigeria. We appreciate their actions. This has been considered as a very very security issue for ECOWAS,” he stressed.