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Ebola: 591 Nigerians to Join Volunteer Group to Fight Virus in Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone

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Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Nigeria’s success in containing the Ebola Virus Disease, has been hugely lauded by governments all around the world.

Through the formation of an international volunteer group, the country is set to impart its knowledge and techniques about battling the virus to the countries that are most affected by the deadly disease: Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

A total of 591 Nigerians have registered to join the Ebola volunteer group, which will be deployed to the aforementioned countries, The Nation reports.

Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, made the announcement yesterday while giving updates about eradication of Ebola.

Nigerian volunteers from different heath professions have been registering with us, willing to join the international force that will go to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to help out with the containment and as of now 591 Nigerians have already registered with us in three registers we opened in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt.

Before we allow them to leave, certain conditions must be met, the President has to approve for them to leave Nigeria for them to leave as volunteers.”

Secondly, they have to be given proper training on how they would avoid the disease and ensure that they don’t get it. They have to be fully and properly trained according to our standards in Nigeria which is fairly high,” he said.

14 Comments

  1. Elvis

    October 10, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Let other countries stop the bad belle thing against Nigeria.
    Anyway it is evident, we conquered ebola and now lending help to sister nations.

    What a way to LEAD !!

  2. pipi

    October 10, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This should be well managed least we reintroduce ebola to nigeria

  3. Evans

    October 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

    God bless them for volunteering, may he keep them safe from contracting the virus.

  4. i no send

    October 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

    stay safe and be prayerful…….dont bring any souvenir infection back o

  5. Ada

    October 10, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Thanks very much Nigeria. You have always been a big brother to us (Sierra Leone) in times of good and bad. You fought together with us to gain peace during our 10years brutal civil war and this time round you have volunteered to assist to combat this deadly disease out of our country. Your moral, economic, spiritual and financial support is well appreciated.

    God will surely bless your nation and may the unity amongst us continue to prosper. The people of Sierra Leone are grateful and indebted to you.

  6. blackcoffee

    October 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

    READING THIS WITH MY EYES FULL WITH TEARS,THESE ARE THINGS WE SHOULD BE HEARING FROM OUR FELLOW AFRICAN,THIS HAS EVEN INCREASE MY LOVE FOR NAIJA,INDEED YOU ARE AFRICA’S SUPER POWER

  7. deb

    October 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Good move, but please can they settle down in the countries when they are done. Nigeria has no due process in everything lest we have another national ebola reinfection. Thanks.

  8. sandra

    October 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Ok, very good. But if they go there, let them not return again o.

  9. NNENNE

    October 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Wish ECOWAS and/or OAU came together when this started in Guinea. Presidents should take responsibilities too.
    The big brother, Nigeria was battling with
    Boko Haram and those Africa countries rubbing shoulders with Nigeria over African Leadership did nothing.
    Way to go Nigeria! ! No one is safe till Ebola is contained. Great efforts should be taken to ensure that the volunteers do not get infected and they should perhaps be quarantined upon return to be sure that Ebola is not reintroduced in Nigeria. May God bless Nigeria.

  10. dj

    October 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    See dem o yeye dey smell, wahala dey sleeP yanga go wake up. Who told you that you have conquered ebola?. If not for the love that the Almighty God has for Nigeria na where we for dey now. My own opinion is that. If you like volunteer your whole family and keep yourself there. No be say when you contract the virus you will start coming back to Nigeria for the cure. Enough of this long throat, My people have you forgotten the heartbreak, panic, pandemonium, sorrow and the near closure of all aspects of lives because of Patrick Sawyer. Ohun ti a o je ko je a gbon. Don’t because of poverty go and volunteer to collect death sentence in SL. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Enough for the wise.

  11. Jojo

    October 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The world needs Nigeria’s expertise because it is the only contry with a clue on what to do (with the grace of god of course). Hopefully, they will be suplied with the top notch equipment, process and procedure that was applied here so there can be successful.

    Please make sure no westerner is leading the teams, they don’t have a clue. I live here in the US and I am still dumb founded at the bungling going on here. If ebola doesn’t spread here it is simply by the grace of God. all they do is froth at the mouth and rant. Complete … mess of things

    • CovertNigerian

      October 10, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Your pride is commendable but misplaced. This is not the world’s first ebola outbreak and Nigeria is far from “the only country with a clue on what to do” . Uganda, Congo DR among others have had successes of their own in the past. Furthermore, let’s not pretend that we achieved our successes alone – we had some foreign assistance as well such as from the CDC.

      That said, I want to add that I am proud of my fellow country men and women that are volunteering to go help our neighbours. By going there, they not only help people in those countries but protect Nigeria and other countries as well by helping to reduce the need/chance that infected people will find their ways to other countries. I hope that common sense precautions will be taken to protect the workers and the Nigerian public upon their return home.

      Furthermore, big props to the Nigerian troops in Liberia that have recently been confined to their camp following the death of a visitor to their camp. I wish them all well.

  12. Jojo

    October 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    God bless your efforts

  13. aquamephyton

    October 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    “…according to our standards in Nigeria which is fairly high” me like his confidence in the country. Finally, the human side of Nigerians is showing. It is no longer about monetary gains but what we can offer to others. Thank God!

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