Nigeria Deploys 250 Volunteers as AU Launches “Africaagainstebola”
The Federal Government in collaboration with the African Union, World Health Organization, African Development Bank, Aliko Dangote Group of Companies, as well as development partners has trained and deployed 250 Nigerian volunteers to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to assist in the Ebola Virus Disease containment efforts.
The official departure programme was marked in Lagos with candle lighting to signify the unity of African countries in their determination to set the continent free of the Ebola disease.
In his welcome address, the Supervising Minister of Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, revealed that more than 98% of those infected and 99% of all deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) occurred in Africa. As such, more pressure is on the continent to seek for the most effective and urgent solution to the disease.
He added that the 250 workers deployed had acquired practical experience during the outbreak in Nigeria as they were trained by the Nigerian Centres for Disease Control (NCDC).
In her remark, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, thanked participants for their courage, commitment and for promoting the spirit of Pan African solidarity.
She also commended Nigeria’s Government for deploying volunteers to work under the umbrella of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, ASEOWA.
Also speaking during the programme, Chairman and CEO Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said that Africa is determined to play a leading role in the fight against Ebola. He disclosed that the African private sector is supporting Ebola containment efforts by raising funds. He further said that presently the sum of US $28.5 has been raised. He then urged other well-meaning Nigerians and Africans to contribute to the effort.