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President John Dramani Mahama has frowned on countries isolating Ebola affected countries. He said such decision is not the best way to jointly fight the disease.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Ghanaian President said isolating countries will further compound the precarious situation especially trade and commerce thereby seriously affecting the economies of these countries.
President Mahama, who is also current chairman of the sub-regional organization ECOWAS, made the statement when he addressed a joint press conference during a one-day solidarity visit to Liberia on Monday, September 15, 2014.
The Ghanaian leader informed the media gathering that there have been lots of international commitments to fight the disease but said turning these commitments into actuality was too slow and encouraged donor countries to fast track their commitment since it’s intended to save lives in an emergency situation.
President Mahama said he was in Liberia to join the advocacy for more international concerted efforts in eradicating the virus out of the sub-region. He praised the courage and determination of the Liberian Government and its people in defeating the Ebola virus.
As chairman of ECOWAS, the Ghanaian leader said he has begun consultations with world and continental bodies as well as airlines that have stopped flying to Liberia and other affected countries to begin plans to re-engage the Liberian authorities in overturning their isolation as the affected countries have now put into place World Health Organization (WHO) recommended measures in order to stop the spread of the virus to other countries.
Affected countries, including Liberia, have put into place a vigorous health checks including temperature reading at all ports of entry/exit as recommended by WHO.
As a demonstration of how Ghana is prepared to help affected countries, President Mahama disclosed that he has held discussions with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to allow his country’s capital, Accra, to serve as a transit center for international flights bringing in logistics, medicine and relief items for the affected countries.
Speaking earlier, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described Ghana as a sisterly country that has always been by Liberia during good and bad times.
On behalf of the Liberian Government and people, she expressed appreciation for the role being played by Ghana and President Mahama, in his capacity as chairman of ECOWAS.
President Sirleaf hoped Liberians will continue to work together for the total eradication of the Ebola virus.