The outbreak of any contagious decease in the sub-region would basically take just hours to spread across territories.

Hence the need to build preventive strategies and emergency networks to combat such incidents.

Health ministers of ECOWAS member states are meeting in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to discuss ways to combat the outbreak of diseases in the region.

West African countries have suffered diseases including Ebola, Lassa fever, Cholera and Meningitis, leading to the loss of lives.

The Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, declared the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the ECOWAS Assembly of health ministers open on Friday.

ECOWAS ministers are looking for ways to make their countries develop local capacity for vaccines production to reduce cost of diseases treatment and improve the region’s economy.

The meeting on “One Health” approach, is being aided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a multi-sectoral coordination of human, animals and environmental health in combating epidemic diseases.