Buhari to join African Leaders at AU Confab on Ebola

President Muhammadu Buhari will be among African leaders and heads of state attending the International Conference on Africa’s Fight Against Ebola, holding in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 20 to 21 July, 2015.

The conference themed “Africa Helping Africans in Reconstruction and Recovery from Ebola”, is organised under the auspices of the African Union Commission.

Buhari who is scheduled to address the gathering, will be represented by Mr. Linus Awute, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health.

The conference will bring together heads of government, ministers, experts, captains of industry and stakeholders who will share experiences of their Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) containment and support efforts.

The major objective of the confab is to seek support for post-Ebola recovery and reconstruction in the region, especially for those countries that have been adversely affected by the disease.

On the continent, the strategy to contain and eradicate the Ebola epidemic has been mapped out by each government with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), development partners and the private sector. However, the conference will focus on “Africa helping Africa” in the spirit of African solidarity.

It will be recalled that Nigeria was certified Ebola free on October 20, 2014 by the World Health Organization, it has also been constantly mentioned as a reference point for successful Ebola containment response.

Consequently, the President will share Nigeria’s experience in EVD containment and the Country Response Plan against the unlikely event of another outbreak.

A meeting of African Health Ministers precedes the AU Ebola Conference. Health Ministers will convene for the meeting on “The Establishment of an Africa Centres for Disease Control” (CDC) from 17 to 19 July, also in Malabo. The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute will head the delegates from Nigeria to the ministerial meeting.

Source: PM News