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Gambia government awarded for support to Ebola-hit countries

Feb 2, 2016, 9:46 AM

President Yahya Jammeh’s government has been singled out by the African Union for its financial support in the fight against the outbreak of Ebola which killed thousands of people.

It would be recalled that President Jammeh gave US$1 million to the governments of Guinea and Sierra Leone to enable them control and finally eradicate the disease, at a time when they were struggling to contain it.

Prior to the closing ceremony of the 26thordinary session of theAfrican Union at the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the continental body took time to recognise the efforts of individuals, organizations and member states to the fight against the deadly Ebola pandemic that affected Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

At a ceremony attended by heads of state and government, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, received the award on behalf of President Jammeh.

AU Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma thanked the Gambia government and President Jammeh for his act of African solidarity and brotherhood, which eventually helped in the control and total eradication of the disease in the affected countries.