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Ebola Update

Aug 18, 2014, 10:23 AM

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria on Friday 15 Augustannounced the sackingof 16,000 medical doctors who are on strike since July 2014 because of the Ebola virus.

The figure represents half of the doctors of the country.  

Meanwhile, as many as 80 health workers including one Nigerian and one Sierra Leonean doctor have died because of the virus.

The international Olympic Committee (IOC) has barred athletes from Ebola-hit areas in the Olympic Youth Championship currently taking place in China.

The UN is to provide food for one million people living in the affected areas.

The Confederation of  African Fooball (CAF) has asked Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to play their home matches scheduled for next month in neutral grounds.

Lesotho withdraws from the CAF Under-20 competitions; it was supposed to play against Nigeria.

US Embassy staff  in Sierra Leone have been asked by the State Department to repatriate their families.

Kenya will close its borders Wednesday August 20 to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Doctors Without Borders said on Friday that the Ebola crisis is to last for at least another six months; currently 1,145 have died.

Arik, United,  Emirates, Asky, South Korea  Airlines, Kenya Airways have suspended flights to the Ebola-affected areas.

Senegal and The Gambia have taken measures to reinforce the presence of the health workers in their borders, airports and seaports.

Sierra Leone has banned the operation of all video clubs.

Ghana has suspended all international conferences for three months, and universities, schools are temporarily closed.

Source: international press reports.