Ebola: Nigeria To Send 506 volunteers to Affected West African countries

The Federal Government has announced that it will send 506 volunteer health workers to three West African countries affected by the Ebola Virus Diseases.

This was revealed on Thursday, October 30 by the Minister of State for Health, Khaliru Alhassan during the 57th National Council on Health.

Alhassan said the first batch of 250 would depart the country soon to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to help the countries in controlling the disease.

“It is important that I inform you all that we have identified 506 volunteers ready for deployment in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The first contingent of 250 Nigerian experts will be deployed soon.

“In addition to this, I am happy to announce that Mr. President has approved that our NCDC supports these countries to build local capacity of health workers to enhance their response,” he said.

The minister also announced that of the two Nigerians resident in Freetown, Sierra Leone that tested positive for Ebola disease, one has been successfully treated and technically cured of the ailment, while the other person is under monitoring in Sierra Leone quarantine centre in order to complete the 21 days incubation period.

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