Kenya sends volunteers to fight Ebola in W. Africa

Volunteers include nurses, doctors and laboratory technicians who will join African Union anti-ebola campaign.

Kenya sends volunteers to fight Ebola in W. Africa
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
 Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday addressed the first batch of 170 health volunteers tasked with helping contain the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed thousands of people in West Africa.

"I thank our courageous and selfless volunteers, who have taken a bold stand to bring the spirit of African solidarity into life and action," Kenyatta said at State House in Nairobi, the president's official residence.

Volunteers include nurses, doctors and laboratory technicians who will join the African Union's anti-Ebola campaign in West Africa.

Kenyatta said that his country had offered $1 million to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – the three countries hardest-hit by the virus – to help fight Ebola.

The East African Community, a regional grouping, has also pledged to send 800 volunteers to West Africa to help contain the deadly malady.

"We will fulfill our pledge to contribute 319 health workers pledged during the tenth extraordinary meeting of the East Africa Community," Kenyatta said.

"The greatest resource we discovered as a continent is confidence. The confidence in our own ideas, solutions and capacities," Kenyatta asserted.

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, for his part, said that African countries' response to the crisis had been "commendable."

"They [volunteers] have exemplified African solidarity at its very best. As a country, we're proud of them," Mohammed said.

 

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