?Chairman of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS), John Mahama has said the sub-region is not yet out off the woods as far as confronting the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is concerned.

?We are not out of the woods yet, but we are seeing encouraging signals that it is possible to bring the disease under control sooner than later,? Mahama said Monday in Berlin at a joint press conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The haemorrhagic disease has killed over 8,400 people primarily in three countries ? Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.The disease also spread to Nigeria, Spain and the US where it affected and claimed a few lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) described last year?s Ebola outbreak as the worst ever in the disease?s history.

In the midst of the festering disease, President Mahama agreed that his country?s capital, Accra be made the hub for coordinating international operations in battling the disease.

Apart from the WHO, there was a concerted response from the international community, with some countries deploying troops to the three worst affected countries as well as funds and logistics.

President Mahama, who is on a state visit to Germany commended the international community, particularly Germany, for its response to the Ebola crisis.

?I want to thank Chancellor Angela Merkel and the people of Germany for the strong support you have given us in West Africa in fighting the Ebola virus disease? Germany has taken a very strong part in the international response that has helped to curtail the advancement of the disease.

?I want to say that without the strong international response, we would have seen a very catastrophic, dreadful humanitarian crisis in West Africa as a result of the Ebola virus,? Mahama said.

Source: StarrFMonline


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