NAN – The Federal Government has said it will send 506 volunteer health workers to three West African countries affected by the Ebola Virus Diseases.
The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, said this on Thursday in Uyo during the 57th National Council on Health.
The theme of the conference is ‘Universal Health Coverage: Key to Achieving Sustainable Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria’.
Alhassan said the first contingent of 250 would depart the country soon to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to help the countries in controlling the disease.
“It is important that I inform you all that we have identified 506 volunteers ready for deployment in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The first contingent of 250 Nigerian experts will be deployed soon. In addition to this, I am happy to announce that Mr President has approved that our NCDC supports these countries to build local capacity of health workers to enhance their response,” he said.
The minister also revealed that of the two Nigerians resident in Freetown Sierra Leone that tested positive for Ebola disease, one has been successfully been treated and technically cured of the ailment.
He said the other person was currently under monitoring in Sierra Leone quarantine centre to ensure that he completed his mandatory 21 days incubation period.