Nigeria’s 250 volunteers put life on the line to fight Ebola


This makes Nigeria the first country in Africa to send out volunteer workers since the outbreak of the disease in the region.

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“This is a responsibility that nature has bequeathed on us as a nation so President Goodluck Jonathan has found it inevitable for us to act,” Linus Awute from the Nigerian health department said at a sending off ceremony.


Awute warned that there was a need to exterminate the scourge as his country remained a high risk if there were people with the disease in any corner of the world.

“If you look at the population of Nigeria and the mobility of this population, so long as this disease is existing in any country let alone in West Africa, Nigeria will be at a high risk,” he said.

Awute said the volunteers were not men picked from the streets but had professional inclinations.

“We have offered them health insurance and we are also giving them additional training that has to do with additional challenges of this disease.”

The African Union’s commissioner, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she hoped other countries would be inspired by the action taken by Nigeria to help escalate efforts and fight the Ebola scourge.

“The next ones are DRC, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda but we hope more will come,” said Zuma.

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Zuma welcomed positive response from families that released health volunteers to go and fight the disease.

“We are all hoping and doing everything so that their loved ones can come back healthy and enriched by the experience of being in the affected regions.”