Last week, the World Health Organization reported oncases of plague in the island nation of Madagascar.WHO officials warned the disease could spreadthroughout the country.
Madagascar’s health ministry reported in Novemberthat the plague has killed nearly 50 people. And it saidover 130 people are thought to be infected.
On Monday 24 November, the Republic of Madagascar welcomed the EU Naval Force German frigate, FGS Luebeck, and her crew in to the port of Antsiranana. As a German warship has not visited Madagascar for some time, the German Ambassador, His Excellency Harald Gehrig and FGS Lubeck’s Commanding Officer, Commander Semrau, took the opportunity to invite Government and military representatives on board.
After being welcomed on board, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the Commander in Chief of the Naval Forces of Madagascar were given a briefing on the EU Naval Force, Operation Atalanta, including its important role protecting World Food Programme (WFP) vessels from pirate attack as they transit the Somali coast to deliver aid to displaced persons in Somalia. The VIP visitors were also given a guided tour of the warship.