PHOTO CAPTION: Ghanaian President Mahama And President Sirleaf Address The Press:
Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has called on the international community to expedite support and resources to Liberia to enable her adequately tackle the Ebola virus.
President Mahama, who is also the current Head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said portion of the resources should be made available to the Liberian Government to enable it undertake necessary programs to tackle the virus
“The resources are coming in very slowly,” the Ghanaian leader said in a statement in the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when he paid a one-day solidarity visit to Liberia on Monday.
He called on African leaders to avoid instituting panicking measures that will isolate peoples and countries that are affected by the disease because it will make it more difficult for the virus to be brought under control.
President Mahama also admonished them to institute tougher screening measures at their sea, land and airports to allow normal economic activities to go on rather than to close them.
“Already, Ebola is going to have an impact on the economy of the entire sub-region; the more restrictive measures we take the graver the impact it will have on our economies,” he noted.
“We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Liberia. We have agreed to use Accra (Ghana) as a center for receiving logistics and personnel for onward dispatch to Liberia as a way of accelerating the process of putting the virus under control, President Mahama said.
In response, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked her Ghanaian counterpart for the visit, saying, “We will always remember you for your continuous concern, encouragement and support to the Liberian people. Thank you for all you have done to help us combat this deadly virus.”
While in the country, President Mahama donated 150 bags of rice, 100 cartons of milk, 100 cartons of chocolate, and 100 cartons of oil.
Members of Mahama’s delegation included the Minister of Health, Dr. Kweku Agyeman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Kwesi Quartey; Senior Advisor to the President; Alhaji Baba Kamara and Director of State Protocol Kwame Tenkorang-Asamoah.