African Union to hold emergency meeting on Ebola

Addis Ababa - The African Union announced on Wednesday it will hold an emergency meeting next week aimed at hammering out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic.

The AU's Executive Council said next Monday's meeting, to be held at the body's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, would also "deliberate on the suspension of flights, and maritime and border closures, as well as stigmatisation of the affected countries and their nationals".

"The council's emergency meeting has been necessitated by the need to have a common understanding of the Ebola Virus Disease and current status of the response and to come up with a collective continental approach, taking into account the socio-political and economic impact of the disease," the AU said in a statement.

It said concerns had been raised by some member states that moves by other African nations to close borders and halt flights "could have serious socio-economic and cultural effects, and could ultimately lead to increased suffering".

More than 1 900 people have died in the Ebola epidemic sweeping through West Africa, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.

The latest toll represents a significant increase from the 1 552 deaths and 3 069 cases reported by the Geneva-based organisation just days ago.

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Pieter Graaf 2014-09-04 06:38:18 AM
this will be interesting, I wonder who will they blame
John Greystoke 2014-09-04 06:39:01 AM
Good, they are having a meeting! A few months late but never the less! I hope the food and accommodation do not disappoint.
Ennio Morricone 2014-09-04 06:40:42 AM
AU is just useless
Sechaba Ndlovu 2014-09-04 06:45:53 AM
AU is just a useless rubbish run by another Zuma
Mpadu 2014-09-04 07:13:53 AM
Sometimes maledictions is a blessing. Let hope this evil virus will bring AFRICAN together.
Charles Komane 2014-09-04 07:19:09 AM
Bafana vs Senegal, r they safe, cos there was a case of ebola outbreak there as well.?
NoAbsolutes 2014-09-04 07:39:24 AM
The disease will have run its course by the time the AU has met and eventually taken action (if they ever do).
Beicime Olfsun 2014-09-04 07:48:43 AM
Western countries, the colonial enemies of Africa, are accused of not doing their best. Yet the AU has done nothing and there is no accusation. The question is, can Africa live without external help?
Bertus Pretorius 2014-09-04 07:55:57 AM
Send bob in. He is a true son of Africa who have fiercely protected Africa from the evil West. He will have a solution
Emma Sanderson 2014-09-04 08:23:48 AM
The African union is about as effective as a safe sex talk at a retirement village. Here are some tips, stop waging stupid wars, use the countries wealth for the greater good of the people and spend on infrastructure and education. Encourage responsible family planning. Improve your medical facilities, the lack thereof is your fault and not the past history. Hold your peers to account, stop hero worshipping politicians, realise that government is in service to the people. Stop selling your land and resources to the Chinese. Stop treating dictators responsible for the deaths of thousands as heroes when you won't even grant a man of peace a visa to enter the country out of fear of upsetting your new colonial master - the Chinese!