ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Health authorities in West Africa have set up a
regional Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Abuja, Nigeria to
deal with pandemics such as Ebola, a senior official of Ghana
said on Wednesday.
The establishment of
the CDC is to ensure that “we are more prepared, in terms of
early detection, epidemic surveillance, training of our staff
and upgrading their capacity and research, so we can combat
diseases of the nature of Ebola,” Dr. Xavier Crespin,
Director-General of the West Africa Health Organization told
President Akufo-Addo during a meeting at the Flagstaff House in
He said Ghana is
serving as the platform for training of staff as the University
of Ghana has been chosen for its Field Epidemiology and
Laboratory Training Program (FELTP).
The Kofi Annan
International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) is also
training most of the Center’s medical staff who are part of the
regional intervention team.
“This means we can
mobilize quickly in sending out well-trained personnel in the
event of an epidemic outbreak,” he said.
The largest and most
complex Ebola outbreak claimed the lives of more than 11,300
people and infected over 28,500, according to the World Health
Dr Crespin appealed
for President Akufo-Addo’s support in the local production of
pharmaceuticals in the sub-region, explaining that the help of
Ghana in reinforcing local capacity to produce its own medicine
is of the utmost importance.
assessment, we produce only 25 percent of the medicines we need
in our region, which is very weak. Our objective is to increase
it to 50 percent,” he said, urging the president to take the
lead advocacy in this area.
told the delegation that one of the priority industrial projects
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