The United States government has commended Nigeria on its efforts to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Mr. David Gilmour, the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Africa Affairs, gave the commendation while briefing some United Nations correspondents in New York on Friday.
According to him, Nigeria was one of the first nations to respond when it donated 3.5 million dollars two months ago to ECOWAS for humanitarian aid and capacity building to the three Ebola affected countries.
Gilmour also commended Nigeria for training health workers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
“I will like to commend the Nigerian government on its efforts at combating the spread of Ebola”.
“Stopping Ebola will take more than just the efforts of the US. We are mobilising partners around the world to help, but we need to act fast.”
“As we move forward, we must take the necessary steps to control the outbreak and prevent a humanitarian disaster and also strengthen health systems for the future,’’ Gilmour said.
He also stated that the US government would continue to mobilise other countries to join in making concrete commitments to combat the spread of the deadly EVD in West Africa.
It will be recalled that the US government announced in the week that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the virus, as part of a ramped-up plan.
However, this is a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic was spiraling out of control.
The US response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled by President Barack Obama, include plans to build 17 treatment centres, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control centre for coordination.
SOURCE: Nigerian Tribune