African Union (AU) Ambassador to Liberia, Oluwatoyin Solaja
MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) -The African Union (AU) Commission has decided to deploy a joint military medical personnel and civilian humanitarian mission to help with the Ebola virus outbreak in parts of West Africa.
According to the AU’s statement issued on Friday in Addis Ababa, the Union’s Peace and Security Council mandated the action to tackle the situation in the affected West African nations -- Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.
The mission will comprise medical doctors, nurses and other medical and paramedical personnel, and will run for six months with monthly rotation of volunteers.
“The operation will cost more than US$25 million and the U.S. government and other partners have pledged to support the AU with a substantial part of this amount.
“The operation aims at filling the existing gap in international efforts and will work with the WHO, OCHA, US CDC, EU CDC and other agencies already on the ground,” the statement said.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1,350 people have died from the Ebola virus in outbreaks reported in the four countries.