From: Ramsey Benamba, GNA Special Correspondent in London, United Kingdom.
President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday made a case for the Ebola affected countries by appealing to international community to channel their support to governments of the affected.
He said the current state, where support facilities were channeled through Non-governmental and non-state organizations was delaying the distribution of resources and facilities to the affected countries.
“We all know that they need to send it through the right authorities for distribution, but in times of emergencies procurement procedures need to be relaxed to save the lives of affected persons.”
President Mahama was presenting the situation of the Ebola cases in the affected countries in West Africa to the Westminster House of Commons as part of his four-day official visit to the United Kingdom.
The House of Commons is the lower house of the parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which like the House of Lords meets in the Palace of Westminster.
The House is an elected body consisting of 650 members known as members of Parliament and are elected to represent constituencies by first-past-the -post and hold their seats until parliament is dissolved.
President Mahama said while trying to contain the disease in three affected countries, namely; Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, there was the need to provide sufficient incentives for health workers in those countries to encourage them to work enthusiastically in their health facilities.
He said considering the health risks the workers were going through, health workers in Liberia a couple of weeks ago threatened to lay down their tools in protest, but for the timely intervention of other influential bodies they would have left the patients to their fate.
The President said the outbreak of the disease had not only claimed useful lives in the three countries, but also interfered into the cultural and traditional practices of the three West African countries as it had stalled the reverence they had for social gatherings such as funerals, and outdoorings.
He said the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS ) would in the first week of November hold an emergency summit to dwell on the menace of Ebola in West Africa and find out how to find solutions to the virus disease and draw a plan with stakeholders to coordinate resources to the countries.
President Mahama commended the United Kingdom for contributing ?125 million towards the upkeep of Ebola patients and the establishment of Ebola facilities in the affected countries and the promise of providing 700 treatment beds for patients.
Lord Paul Boateng, a member of the House who moderated the program commended the government of Ghana for playing a leading role in the fight against the deadly disease.