Peter Graaff, the head of the mission for the United Nation’s Emergency Ebola response Head Quarters in Ghana’s capital, Accra, said that the head quarters in the capital will be closed shortly. The decision was taken as the Ebola severity has decreased and moreover, there was no outbreak of Ebola in the Ghana so far.
On the behalf of the United Nations, Peter Graaff has met the Ghanaian President and thanked him for all the co-operation they have received during the period of Ebola outbreak in September last year. A small team will stay till the end of this month to help the operations pending in the state.
Ebola, a deadly disease has earlier killed as many as 11,000 people. To fight the disease the United Nations has requested the Ghana government to arrange for a Ebola emergency centre in Ghana, to which the president has readily agreed. The United Nations has selected Ghana as the appropriate place, since it was well near to the epicentre of the Ebola Outbreak in Africa, at the time.
“President Mahama has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by allowing us to set up head quarters in Accra”, Mr. Graaff said. He added, “He made Ghana the only open way to affected places like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, allowing the movement of several medical responders in the time of need”.
Because of the aid provided by the African nation Ghana, medical facilities including Ebola testing centres were successfully installed in the Ebola affected areas, the BBC News reports.
President Mahama said it was the success of the medical staff and volunteers who helped the affected areas, for the downfall of the Ebola. Earlier, the World Health Organisation has declared the Liberia free of Ebola, as there were no new cases reported in the last 42 days in the region.