AU to Send over 1,000 Health Workers to West Africa
Freetown – African nations will send more than 1,000 health workers to Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in the continent’s west, the head of the African Union Commission said Thursday.
“Several African member states have pledged to send in a number of health workers to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, including DR Congo which will send around 1,000 workers in three groups,” Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in Freetown.
Ebola still of ‘great concern’ in west Africa epicentre – WHO
Top Ebola experts raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of infections soared to almost 10,000 and the death toll edged closer to 4,900.
The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly haemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone “remains of great concern” as cases increase exponentially.
A total of 976 cases have come in the last seven days alone, said Isabelle Nuttall, head of the UN agency’s alert division.
WHO said the outbreak remains “a public health emergency of international concern”.