Ebola: U.S to deploy 100 medical personnel to West Africa

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The United States Government has announced the deployment of 100 medical personnel to help in the fight against the Ebola Virus outbreak in some parts of West Africa.

U.S. Ambassador to the African Union (AU), Reuben Brigety stated this on Monday in Addis Ababa at an information sharing session on Ebola at the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC).

Brigety said the U.S would deploy 25 medical doctors and 75 nurses to the four countries affected by the virus, including Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

He, however, said the deployment to the Ebola affected countries was subject to the AU approval, as the U.S government was ready to assist.

The envoy advised African countries to also send doctors and medical personnel to provide the services needed to tackle the disease in the affected countries.

At the session, Japan announced that it had donated 1.5 million dollars to the World Health Organization (WHO) fund toward fighting the virus.

Its representative at the AU said the Asian country had also sent medical experts to affected countries.

According to WHO, the Ebola virus has killed 1,145 persons out of 2,127 recorded cases since the outbreak began in March. (NAN)

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