Sunday, 3 August 2014
USA to test Pres. Jonathan’s aides, other Africans for Ebola
There are reports that the US is planning to screen a delegation from Nigeria and other affected African countries billed to attend the African/American Leaders Summit on Monday August 4th in Washington DC, for exposure to Ebola. According to Reuters, president Obama said some African participants will be screened because it's important that they protect US from the outbreak.
"Folks who are from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion, we’re making sure we’re doing screening.” Obama said.
According to Punch, President Jonathan is among the African leaders expected to attend the event and he will be going with his aides. Even though there's no Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, a Liberian man died here from the virus so president Jonathan's aides will likely be screened when they arrive the US
The presidents of two Ebola affected countries, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Sierre Leone and Ernest BaiKoroma of Liberia, have said they will not be attending the summit.
Ebola has been blamed for some 729 deaths in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Dubai's Emirates Airlines has even suspended all flights to Guinea over Ebola.
Above is how an American doctor affected with Ebola arrived the US yesterday. Dr Kent Brentley (pictured right), one of two US doctors infected with the Ebola Virus arrived at a university hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, which is one of the four institutions in the US equipped to handle such cases. He was flown in from Liberia in a special medical plane. He and another female doctor were in Liberia to help combat Ebola when they contracted the deadly disease. Same medical plane will return to Liberia to pick up the other doctor