Mahama’s leadership made a difference in Ebola fight – Ban Ki Moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised President John Mahama for his wise, bold and timely decision, as well as leadership, to have Accra serve as the logistics hub for the fight against Ebola and for the establishment of the United Nations Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Mission.

“I thank you for your very strong leadership in working together with the UN in addressing this unprecedented outbreak of Ebola,” Mr. Ban said.

The UN Secretary-General was speaking on Thursday evening when he and a delegation of top UN officials visited President Mahama at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

“Your decision and cooperation in establishing UNMEER here have helped the UN and the international community a great deal to address this issue. Thanks to Ghana, UNMEER has been able to deploy quickly to the affected countries. Ghana has played a key role,” he added. He commended the President for the role that ECOWAS has played under the leadership of President Mahama in the fight against Ebola.

This was in a statement signed by Mr. Ben Dotsei Malor, Head of Communications and Presidential Spokesperson- Office of the President- and copied to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in Accra on Friday, December 19, 2014.

President Mahama, according to the statement, welcomed Mr. Ban and his delegation and thanked him for everything that the United Nations has been doing to support people in the affected nations. “Your coming here to visit the affected nations is going to be a very strong sign of encouragement to them,” said President Mahama. He commended the fast manner in which the UN’s Ebola mission was deployed.

The statement said, President Mahama was sad that the Ebola outbreak has caused so much humanitarian disaster, displaced many people and created a wave of orphans, and also affected the economic fortunes of countries affected by the Ebola outbreak and the sub-region as a whole.

It said the two leaders exchanged views on the resumption of flights by many airlines to the affected nations and the way forward.

Mr Ban pledged that the United Nations will stand with the people in the affected nations until Ebola is defeated. “We must make sure that the last case of Ebola is identified treated and eliminated. The UN will stand with the people on the region – the affected countries – until such time that we make sure that there are no more cases of Ebola.”

Present in the meeting were the Foreign Minister, Hannah Tetteh, Chief of Staff, Prosper Bani, Finance Minister Seth Terkper, Deputy Minister for Health, Dr. Victor Bampoe, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, and Minister for Communications Dr. Omane Boama.

Mr. Ban was accompanied by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, Dr David Nabarro, and the Head of the UN’s Ebola Mission, Mr Tony Banbury.

Mr. Ban leaves Accra on the morning of Friday, 19th December for Liberia, at the start of the four-nation visit that will also take him to Liberia, Guinea and Mali. The statement concluded.

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