African Union (AU) member states will send more than 1,000 volunteer health workers to the countries worst-affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – where trained doctors and nurses are scarce. Nigeria has pledged to send a contingent of 600 volunteers, and the Democratic Republic of Congo has promised 1,000 workers. The DRC has suffered six outbreaks of Ebola since it was first detected there in 1976. Nigeria is the continent’s largest economy and top oil producer. Eight people died there during the latest oubreak and 20 were infected, after an air traveler brought the virus in from Liberia. The country was declared Ebola-free on Monday. “Nigeria has 600 health workers who have been trained in the field of Ebola containment who are ready to go to other affected African countries to help them in containment of Ebola spread,” said acting Health Minister Khaliru Alhassan, adding that the first contingent of 250 would be deployed soon – although not specifying a date. AU appeal The head of the AU Commission said the bloc was responding to an urgent need for medical staff. “Several African member states have pledged to send in a number… Read full this story
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