The Federal Government Thursday has said that 600 volunteers will soon depart the shores of the country to help fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD in Africa.
Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan said “Nigeria has 600 health workers who have been trained in the field of Ebola containment who are ready to go to other affected African countries to help them in containment of Ebola spread, the first contingent of 250 Nigeria experts will be deployed soon.”
Nigeria gained experience in containing Ebola after an air traveller; Jerry Sawyer imported the virus from Liberia in July, infecting 20 people and killing eight.
Meanwhile, Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African country to be touched by the worst outbreak on record of the haemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 4,900 people.
Mali’s Health Minister Ousmane Kone told state television that the patient in the western town of Kayes was a two-year-old girl who had recently arrived from neighbouring Guinea, where the outbreak began.
“The condition of the girl, according to our services, is improving thanks to her rapid treatment,” Kone said.
A health ministry official, who asked not to be identified, said the girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the baby was brought by relatives to the Malian capital Bamako, where she stayed for ten days in the Bagadadji neighbourhood before heading to Kayes.