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Dec 20, 2014

U.N.’s Ebola mission should be closed once battle won – Ban

BAMAKO, Dec 20 (Reuters) – The United Nations mission to
fight Ebola should be wound down quickly once the battle is won,
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday during his
first tour of countries stricken with the virus.

The U.N. emergency Ebola response mission, or UNMEER, was
set up in September to coordinate policy and logistics for a
campaign that includes governments, charities and healthcare
workers from affected countries.

Dec 20, 2014

UN’s Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers

CONAKRY (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease.

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic.

Dec 20, 2014

U.N. chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people.

Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients.

Dec 19, 2014

UN chief, visiting Ebola region, urges respect for health rules

MONROVIA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon, starting a visit to Ebola-hit states in West Africa on
Friday, urged their people to set aside traditional practices
like washing the dead by hand so as to help end an epidemic that
has killed nearly 7,000 people.

Ban said he hoped to use his two-day tour of the region -
his first since the outbreak was detected in March – to raise
the profile of the fight against the disease and to thank the
thousands of health workers who have participated.

Dec 19, 2014

U.N. chief, visiting Ebola countries, urges respect for health rules

MONROVIA (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, starting a visit to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, urged local communities to strictly follow health regulations in the face of signs that traditional funerals are still spreading the disease.

Ban arrived in Liberia on Friday at the start of a two-day tour of four nations struck by the worst ever outbreak of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali.

Dec 16, 2014

Ghana must cut “ghost workers” from payroll before aid resumes -EU

ACCRA, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Ghana must remove “ghost workers”
from its public sector payroll before the European Union resumes
budget support suspended a year ago, the EU ambassador to the
West African country, William Hanna, said on Tuesday.

EU grants worth up to 200 million euros ($250.14 million)
could be crucial as Ghana seeks to recover from a fiscal crisis
that has slowed the rapid GDP growth the country enjoyed for
years due to its exports of gold, cocoa and oil.

Nov 24, 2014

U.N. to miss Dec 1 Ebola target due to rising Sierra Leone cases

ACCRA (Reuters) – The U.N. Ebola Emergency Response Mission will not fully meet its Dec. 1 target for containing the virus due to escalating numbers of cases in Sierra Leone, Anthony Banbury, the head of UNMEER, said on Monday.

The mission set the goal in September of having 70 percent of Ebola patients under treatment and 70 percent of victims safely buried. That target will be achieved in some areas, Banbury told Reuters, citing progress in Liberia.

Nov 19, 2014

Ghana’s budget targets sharply narrower deficit of 6.5 pct/GDP in 2015

ACCRA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ghana aims to narrow its budget
deficit to 6.5 percent of GDP in 2015, from a projected 9.6
percent this year, as it seeks a financial assistance deal with
the IMF, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said in his budget speech
on Wednesday.

Economic growth will also slow sharply to 3.9 percent in
2015 from an expected 6.9 percent this year, Terkper said, a
further sign that lower commodity prices and a fiscal crisis are
hurting the West African state.

Oct 27, 2014

Don’t let quarantine hysteria deter Ebola health workers: U.N

ACCRA (Reuters) – Governments must avoid doing anything to deter health workers from coming to West Africa to fight Ebola and quarantine decisions must not be based on hysteria, the head of the U.N. mission battling the virus said on Monday.

The U.S. states of New York, New Jersey and Illinois have issued new quarantine rules for people returning from West Africa in response to fears that U.S. federal guidelines do not go far enough to contain an outbreak centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that has infected 10,000 people.

Oct 18, 2014

Ghana’s main opposition party elects Akufo-Addo as 2016 candidate

ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to retain Nana Akufo-Addo as its leader for the 2016 election, setting up a rematch of the last poll when he lost narrowly to President John Mahama.

The election is also expected to be close given that the ruling National Democratic Congress government has faced economic headwinds including rising inflation, a stubborn budget deficit and a currency that has fallen sharply this year.