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36-man AU team to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

OCTOBER 14, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

In a bid to fight the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the African Union (AU) has deployed thirty-six doctors from various member states as part of efforts by the Mission to support the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Speaking during the arrival of the medical team at the Lungi International Airport, Head of the AU Mission support to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Major General Julius Oketta, said the 36 medical personnel would support and complement the government of Sierra Leone as it intensifies efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus.

Gen. Oketta said only 22 personnel arrived yesterday, with the remaining 14 members expected in the country today, adding that among the medical personnel are doctors, lab technicians, psycho-social experts and communication and information technocrats.

He also said that the mission is a joint civil and military medical response by member states of the pan-continental body to support countries being afflicted by the Ebola virus and to supplement effort of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to eradicate the virus from the sub-region.

He further stated that the AU’s contribution in the fight against the virus would come in the form of human resource, without which he said the fight against Ebola would be far more daunting. He added that the mission would donate protective gears and other logistics to help the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in containing the virus.

He concluded that in total, the AU will be deploying a total of one hundred medical personnel in the three Mano River Union nations – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – which among them have been seriously hit by the virus, with more than 4,000 deaths recorded since March.

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