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Congo Lends Hand to Help Fight Ebola Epidemic

Aaron Ross | Reuters   in 
October 21, 2014

(Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo plans to train more than 1,000 volunteers to help fight an Ebola epidemic raging across West Africa, even as it battles the last traces of an outbreak at home.

Having endured six previous outbreaks of the deadly virus in 40 years, Congolese officials say they are eager to share their expertise with countries suffering from the worst epidemic in history, which has already killed more than 4,500 people.

Congo’s Health Minister Felix Kabange said he hoped to inspire “African solidarity” in the Ebola fight and invited other countries to send volunteers to new training centers in the capital Kinshasa.

The World Health Organization has criticized African countries for closing borders to Ebola countries, saying this has worsened their suffering by cutting off supplies.

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