Ebola: 600 Nigerian Volunteers Join International Response Team

As international efforts to curb the spread of Ebola gathers momentum, the Coordinator, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi, said more than 600 Nigerians registered as volunteers in the international team to control Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.

Nasidi said this, while answering questions from newsmen at the 2014 ministerial press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to him, the 600 volunteers comprise health workers, journalists among others.

“I want to announce to this gathering that over 600 Nigerian doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists, field epidemiologists and other categories of experts, including journalists, have registered to join the international team on Ebola,” said Nasidi.

Nasidi expressed Nigeria’s continued commitment to curbing the spread of Ebola in West Africa, saying “This strong team is an indication that Nigeria is committed to leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa.’’

He said Nigeria was prepared to lead the international response team, with the Federal Government’s Treatment and Research Group helping in developing a national response plan.

He added that the national plan was conceived to help Nigeria to prepare in the event of an outbreak of the disease in any part of the country.

According to him, Nigeria now has a strategic plan in place that will guide workers in controlling any outbreak of Ebola and other emerging diseases in the country.

Although Nigeria is now Ebola-free, Nasidi said that the plan put together was in acknowledgement of the fact that since the virus was still out there, Nigeria was still at risk of another outbreak of the disease.

He added that until the last reported case of Ebola in the world was brought under control, Nigeria would not relent in its efforts to combat the disease.