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Ethiopian Health Workers Arrive in West Africa to Fight Ebola

Al Jazeera   in 
December 20, 2014

Almost 200 Ethiopian health workers have arrived in West Africa to bolster the response to Ebola, a disease that has ravaged weak health care systems and killed more than 300 medical staff.

The African Union (AU) said in a tweet that the Ethiopian government sent a total of 187 personnel to the region without giving a breakdown of how many would go to which countries.

The doctors and nurses will join an AU mission against the worst Ebola outbreak on record, which has killed more than 6,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

They will join more than 175 Nigerian medics deployed to Liberia and Sierra Leone earlier this month.

Ebola has torn through some of West Africa’s weakest health systems, killing nearly 350 medical personnel.

This month, two doctors died of Ebola in Sierra Leone on the same day, bringing to 10 the number of doctors killed in by the virus in one of the worst-affected countries.

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