FG To Fund Ebola Training In West Africa

On 04/Oct/2014 / In Medical News

Nigerian government has approved funds to train five health workers from each Ebola-affected country in West Africa in epidemiology and laboratory procedures.
Another $500,000 was approved for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, health minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, confirmed yesterday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is coordinating the training.
He spoke during talks with visiting executives of the South East/South South Professionals in Abuja.
“We are already compiling a list of health workers who have volunteered to join in going to those countries as part of the international task force set under the supervision of the United Nations,” Chukwu said.
“Unless we control it there, nobody is safe. Nigeria is taking the lead in West Africa through the CDC; no other country has done it the way we did it. Everybody is coming to learn from us and we are ready to lend that technical support to other countries.
“For ethical reasons, we cannot tell the person to get away from the country. Once you get anyone, you start treating, but we were not prepared by the time Patrick Sawyer came, and we have learnt important lessons. We are self-confident now, we know we can do it. We do know that we can have another one with Ebola,” he explained.
The president of the association, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, said the group came to commend government’s effort at containing the outbreak.
There’s been no identified positive case for Ebola in more than two weeks, and the World Health Organisation last week declared the virus contained in Nigeria.
“If the way the country handled the Ebola crisis is replicated in other sectors, the issue of Nigeria being among the twenty biggest economies by 2020 would have become attainable,” said Ugwu-Oju

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