The Chairman of African Business Roundtable, Bamanga Tukur, has called for the total mobilization of Africans in solidarity with countries in the continent currently affected by the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
This solidarity, he said, should include the mobilization of health workers, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, biochemists and technicians as part of the African known support mission to countries affected by the disease.
Mr. Tukur made this call while briefing journalists at the end of the African Union Business Roundtable Conference, held at the AU Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He commended countries like Nigeria, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, ECOWAS and the East African Community that had already contributed over 2,000 health workers as part of the African Health support mission.
He suggested the breaking of isolation of the countries affected by the Ebola disease while advising that strict screening protocols should be put in place to prevent the spread of the EVD to other
Mr. Tukur, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, further suggested that resilience should be strengthened in the affected countries and that contact through the sharing of information on Ebola and tracking the disease through the envisaged African centre
for disease control should be put in place.
The Chairman of the African Roundtable said the private sector is an important actor in the development of the African continent and that the Roundtable was created to mobilize business support and opening dialogue on the post-Ebola economic recovering for the countries
affected by the Ebola Disease.
He thanked the co-conveners of the conference which included the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosozaha Zuma, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Calos Lopez, and the President of the African Development Bank, and Donald Kabenuka,
“Ebola is a threat to trade, which ensure easy flow of goods and services, it is our first and foremost problem now, before we seek international aid or assistance we as Africans must first take action
in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in countries hit by this dreaded Disease,” Mr. Tukur said.
He commended the President Goodluck Jonathan, the government and people of Nigeria for the pragmatic actions taken against the spread of the disease and its total eradication in the