A group of 150 Nigerian Volunteer health-care professionals that will include Medical Epidemiologists, Field Epidemiologists, Physicians, Nurses, Laboratory Technologists, Laboratory Scientists, Data Managers, Psycho-social Professionals, etc., will be arriving tomorrow in Liberia.
The group, which will be coming under the aegis of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), will be led by Dr. Joshua Obasanya of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (CDC). Dr. Obasanya is the Deputy Head of Mission for ASEOWA under Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Julius Oketta. He will be in charge of the ASEOWA team in Liberia. Dr. Obasanya was part of the group of experts that effectively eradicated the Ebola disease in Nigeria.
According to a Nigerian Embassy press release, the volunteers will be in Liberia for three months, during which time, it is believed, that the disease will be contained, treated and eradicated in the country.
The release said their mandate will include local capacity building and aiding in the restoration of full medical services in the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia.
Concluding, the release said, “Nigerians will continue to stand by Liberians in their times of need.”