About 250 health workers, out of the 504 volunteers trained by the Federal Government in collaboration with the African Union Commission, will be leaving for Ebola-stricken countries on Thursday. The Director, Nigerian Centre for Diseases and Control, Abuja, Prof. Abdulsalamin Nasidi, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the two-day departure training for the first batch of the volunteers in Lagos on Monday, said that the Federal Government would dispatch the second batch of 254 health workers in January.
Nasidi stated that the health team consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other cadre of health professionals from Lagos and Rivers states and the Federal Capital Territory. He stated that the AUC in a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government would be providing life insurance coverage, allowances and repatriation and evacuation services for the health volunteers while working in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
He said,” The first batch of health workers would be going on Thursday. The next batch would be leaving in January. All together we will be sending 504 troops to help contain Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Lagos also volunteered 28 experts. Almost 98 per cent of them were part of the team that helped contain Ebola in Nigeria. So, we are prepared.