Nigerian Volunteers In Liberia To Fight Ebola

By Janjay F. Campbell

As the Ebola cases are reducing in Liberia, seventy-five Nigerian volunteers arrived in Liberia on Friday to join in the fight against the deadly disease for three months.

Speaking at the welcome dinner at the Nigerian Embassy Friday evening, Nigerian Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Chigozie Obi-Nnadozie welcomed the volunteers and said by helping Liberia through the time of crisis they are showing the spirit of a true African and Nigerian. She stressed that it is good to have doctors and nurses from Nigeria to help contain the Ebola virus.

Also speaking at the ceremony, Major General Julius Oketta who is the head of ASEOWA said this is a joint civilian military response that has come to help Liberia contain the Ebola virus. He said Liberia has the support of the Nigerian Government.

He said the medics will boost weak local health systems that are also struggling to contain other preventable diseases as Ebola discourages people from going to clinics for fear of contracting the fever.

Welcoming the volunteers, Liberia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Augustine Ngafuan said Liberians are very proud of their Nigerian partners. He said this is indeed true friendship because they are standing with Liberians and help them contain this demonic deadly virus.

The welcome dinner was graced by the Minister of Gender and Development, the President of the University of Liberia and other foreign dignitaries.

More than 175 Nigerian medics arrived in Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday to join the fight against Ebola, the first of 600 volunteers promised by the regional giant, which contained its own outbreak earlier this year.

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed at least 6,187 people in the three worst-affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – according to the latest data from the World Health Organization.

Liberia – the country with the highest number of cases – has succeeded in lowering infection rates, and the virus is now spreading fastest in Sierra Leone. The former British colony recorded 537 new cases in the week to Nov. 30.