Having conquered the Ebola virus within its borders, Nigeria has offered to take the fight to countries still struggling with the deadly disease.
“It is in this light that I announce that the first set of 250 volunteers have been prepared and would soon be deployed to affected countries to help fight the Ebola virus,” Nigerian Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan, said in Abuja, while addressing newsmen on Nigeria's efforts ay containing the spread of the virus in the West African sub region.
Minister Alhassan explained in Abuja that the 250 volunteers are among over 500 registered, fully trained health workers awaiting final approval to be deployed, according to a dispatch from the News Agency of Nigeria.
The minister also allayed fears that the lives of the volunteers were at risk given the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
He emphasized that the volunteers have been adequately trained and mobilized, and that they would be further guided in the mission areas by other experts from international partners.
According to Alhassan, Nigeria would retain another set of over 250 volunteers that could be called upon in the event of an emergency within the country.
The minister also announced the establishment of a national emergency operation center in Abuja as part of government’s commitment towards strengthening its status as an Ebola-free nation.
Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola-free after a battle against the virus entered the country from July to September 2014 with 20 cases and eight deaths.