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CDC doctors head to Nigeria to fight Ebola
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-22 03:47 PM
In response to the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and to safeguard the lives of Taiwanese compatriots in Nigeria, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the authority is going to dispatch a medical team led by chief disease-prevention specialists Doctor Philip Yi-chun Lo and Doctor Tsai Huai-Ti to Nigeria to work with the Representative Office of Taiwan in Abuja, Nigeria. This medical team, scheduled to leave on August 25, is tasked with disease education and disease-prevention materials delivery to Taiwanese working in Nigeria and their families there.

With the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dr. Lo and Tsai-led medical team will be staying in Abuja and Lagos to help Taiwanese compatriots avoid contracting the Ebola virus. The team will also distribute disease-prevention educational materials, 200 sets of full-body protective clothing, 100 pieces of isolation clothing, 200 pieces of surgical face masks, and 100 pieces of N95 respirators. During their stay in Nigeria, Lo and Tsai will work with an emergency team comprising of specialists and doctors from World Health Organization (WHO) member nations in a bid to receive Ebola updates and learn their professional responsive measures.

To avoid the spread of Ebola, the WHO has declared the Ebola virus outbreak a “Public Health Emergency” on August 8, appealing to all nations to take actions against the disease.

As of August 18, 2,473 cases had been reported to the WHO with 1,350 deaths across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Taiwan CDC urges the public to adopt health self-management measures after returning from Ebola-stricken areas. For more information from the CDC, please call 1922 or 0800-001922 toll-free.

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