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Ban lauds Mahama over Ebola war decision


ACCRA – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has commended President John Mahama of Ghana for his bold and timely decision to have Accra serve as the logistics hub for the fight against Ebola.
Ki-moon also commended the President for the establishment of the UN Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Mission in the country.
The secretary-general was speaking on Thursday evening at the Presidency in Flagstaff House, Accra, where he and a top delegation of UN officials were received by the President.
“I thank you for your very strong leadership in working together with the UN in addressing this unprecedented outbreak of Ebola.
“Your decision and cooperation in establishing UNMEER here have helped the UN and the international community a great deal to address this issue.
“Thanks to Ghana, UNMEER has been able to deploy quickly to the affected countries. Ghana has played a key role,” he added.
Ban expressed satisfaction over the role ECOWAS has played under the leadership of President Mahama in the fight against the deadly Ebola, which has killed more than 6,300 people n Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Mahama welcomed Ban and his delegation and thanked him for everything that the UN has been doing to support people in the affected nations.
“Your coming here to visit the affected nations is going to be a very strong sign of encouragement to them,” said Mahama.
He commended the fast manner in which the UN’s Ebola mission was deployed.
President Mahama expressed regret that the Ebola outbreak had caused a humanitarian disaster, displaced many people and created a wave of orphans, and also affected the economic fortunes of these countries and the sub-region as a whole.
Ban pledged that the UN would stand with the people in the affected nations until Ebola was defeated.
“We must make sure that the last case of Ebola is identified treated and eliminated.
“The UN will stand with the people of the region, the affected countries until such time that we make sure that there are no more cases of Ebola.” (PANA/NAN)

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