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Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama called Monday for restrictions on West African countries battling the Ebola virus to be relaxed.

Mahama said the measures that have been put in place – the flight bans, for example – only weaken the fight against the disease and do serious damage to local economies.

At the start of a tour of the countries affected by Ebola, the president assured from Liberia that much more international help was needed to establish a mechanism to help stop the spread of the disease.

The UN is scheduled to assess international efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak at a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday.