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Angola will in December host a joint medical-military exercise with Serbia and the United States to strengthen response towards contagious diseases like Ebola.

Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Angolan Colonel Marlene da Fonseca, who will lead the joint exercise, said that the event will be held in two phases from December 4 to 15, with the first dedicated to training and the second to practice.

The practical component of the Trilateral Military Medical Exercise, named “Pambala 2017”, will be held from December 9 to 15 in the city of Caxito, capital of the northern province of Bengo.

The first phase from December 4 to 8, according to the official, will be held at the Luanda Military Hospital, with a course on tropical diseases.

Observers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Lesotho, NATO, Portugal and Hungary, and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) will also participate in the exercise.

Bengo was chosen as the surveillance post for diseases such as the Ebola, which is likely to emerge from the north of the country due to its proximity to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“We had in 2005 the marburg outbreak and the province of Bengo constitutes a monitoring station of the Cuango basin,” she stressed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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