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506 Nigerian volunteers deployed to Ebola hit countries

31 October 2014, 10:16

Uyo - The Federal Government has said that it would soon deployed 506 volunteer health workers to three West African countries affected by Ebola Virus Diseases (EVDs).

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan at a news conference during the 57th National Council on Health, which began in Uyo on Thursday.     

The theme of the conference is: "Universal Health Coverage: Key to Achieving Sustainable Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria”.  

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

"It is important that I inform you all that we have identified 506 volunteers who are ready for deployment to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The first contingent of 250 Nigerian experts will be deployed soon.

That Mr President has approved that our National Centre for Disease Control should supports these countries to build local capacity of health workers to enhance their response,” he said.

The minister disclosed that of the two Nigerians resident in Freetown Sierra Leone diagnosed with Ebola disease one had been successfully treated and technically cured of the illness.

Also read: Ebola scare at Lagos airport

He said that the other person was currently under monitoring in Sierra Leone quarantine centre to ensure that he completed his mandatory 21 days incubation period.

He said that Nigeria would continue to remain vigilant and ensure surveillance in all our borders against any emergency situation.

The minister appealed to states of the federation to enhance their surveillance system, and the public to remain vigilant and seek immediate medical attention in event of suspected cases.

He called on all states to strengthen their EVD Quarantine Centres in preparedness for any potential future threat.

He said that the Federal Government was committed to preventing further re-occurrence of the virus, even though the country had been certified free of the pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

-  NAN


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