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U.N. commends Nigeria's assistance to Ebola hit countries

28 October 2014, 15:36

Addis Ababa - The U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Tuesday commended Nigerian Government for its tremendous support to West African Countries hit by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak.

Ban made the remarks during a joint press conference shortly after his delegation concluded a meeting with the AU Commission Chairperson, Dr Dlamini Zuma, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The U.N. chief scribe had led a delegation, including the President of the World Bank Group (WBG), Jim Yong-Kim, and officials of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) as well as that of the African Development Bank (AfDB), to the discuss the response to Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa.

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"I am encouraged by the recent support and pledges made by some African nations, most recently Nigeria, Ethiopia, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for deploying medical personnel to the affected countries.

"Regional solidarity is crucial; I salute their courage and dedication. I am particularly encouraged by Nigeria for their decision to deploy medical personnel and logistics to assist these countries after containing the EVD in the country.

"We have much to learn from the experiences of Nigeria and Senegal for being able to contain the virus,’’ Ban said.

The Nigerian government had recently deployed 300 volunteer health workers to help in tackling the EVD outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Nigeria had also donated 3.5 million dollars as part of effort to help the three West African countries in fighting the scourge.

Ethiopia last week announced the deployment of 200 health workers to the region with a cash donation of 500 000 dollars to the three most affected countries.

'We are greatly encouraged by the response of over 1 000 health workers pledged to date from ECOWAS, the East African Community, the DRC, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and others,  the AUC chairperson said.

"This is in addition to the in-kind and financial support already provided and pledged by member states to the governments of the three countries.

"We call on other member states that have not yet responded to do so in the spirit of solidarity.’’

According to Zuma, every African country must send health workers, no matter how small the number, because in the spirit of solidarity it gives strength to our brothers and sisters in the three countries that we are with them in this fight.

She said the commission was collaborating with the governments concerned and international partners to raise the resources for effective deployment of the health workers to the three countries.

Zuma said the AU would be meeting African business community on November 8 in Addis Ababa to mobilise additional support from the sector to reduce reliance on governments.



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