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Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations

October 23, 2014

images (1)African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three west African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday.

AU Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia "to assess the situation first hand", her spokesman said in a statement.

She arrived in the Ghanian capital Accra on Wednesday, her spokesman said, the base of the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), and is expected to travel on to Liberia on Thursday.

"We remain committed and in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in west Africa to put the Ebola epidemic under control," Dlamini-Zuma said in the statement.

"We commend the ongoing continental and global efforts, but frankly, a lot more needs to be done to raise the needed resources considering the magnitude and rate of increase of the epidemic."

She is accompanied by UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) chief Carlos Lopes, as well as the African Development Bank (AfDB) president Donald Kaberuka.

The deadliest-ever outbreak of Ebola has claimed more than 4,500 lives in west Africa, and experts warn the rate of infections could reach 10,000 a week by early December.

*Source AFP/Yahoo


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  1. We are impressed at sound leadership initiative of joint visit by African Union Chair, Dlamini Zuma, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes and President of African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka, to Ebola affected regions of West Africa.
    It fosters genuine spirit of brotherhood, sisterhood and good neighbourliness, absolutely, needed in our globalized cohabitation today.
    This gesture is enormously appreciated, encouraged, and why not exemplary extended model to Heads of States of nations in Africa to emulate. The scale and gravity of Ebola virus as security threat to human existence, calls for sensual and compassionate show of support to human population of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, that the rest of global community share in their ongoing dilemma.

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