Ghana’s Health Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah has described the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak as a wake-up call for the West African sub-region to strengthen its health systems.
According to him, the fatal disease which has so far claimed the lives of over 1500 people in West Africa must challenge members of the ECOWAS to rise to the challenge of making health a priority in the drive towards development.
Opening the 5th extraordinary meeting of the ECOWAS assembly of health ministers on Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Accra, Dr. Agyemang-Mensah noted that although the disease was contracted through bodily fluids and or direct contact with infected individuals, the nature of its spread left the entire sub-region at risk hence the need for collaborative efforts in its fight.
“It is clear that we are confronted with a crisis that is beyond the scope of any one country or community to defeat. It’s social, economic, psychological and security implications require scaling up measures at all levels” he said.
According to the World Health Organization, 3,062 cases of EVD have been recorded with 1,552 deaths as at August 26, 2014.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has so far been recorded in West African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria with Liberia being the hardest-hit with the epidemic.