Lagos - Senior government and private sector officials are scheduled to converge in Lagos later today ahead of the formal departure of local volunteers that have pledged to offer their services in Ebola-stricken countries.
The 250 Nigerian volunteers who will be offering vital services to contain the virus in the neighboring West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Supervising Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, revealed top government functionaries, diplomats, development partners and private sector chieftains will converge on the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, the venue of the formal departure.
He said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Bashir Wali, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will be present at the occasion.
The volunteers are part of a team of a 1 000 strong health personnel force being deployed under the African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA).
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"(A total of 50 volunteers) are presently concluding their training in Lagos which is mandatory before they can be deployed," Alhassan said.
The contingent will depart Nigeria on Thursday and will undergo another round of training in their country of deployment. The health team consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other cadre of health professionals.
Meanwhile, the highlight of the departure programme will be the official launch of the Africa Against Ebola Resource Mobilization Campaign under a partnership between the African Union and the private sector.
This initiative is aimed at attracting funds which will further support Ebola containment efforts.
Nigeria is clear of the Ebola virus but the scourge killed several persons locally with Lagos the epicentre.
The outbreak is said to be the worst outbreak in history.
- CAJ News