Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has flagged off 170 Kenyan health volunteers to help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The volunteer medics, including nurses, doctors and laboratory technicians, have been trained on detection and management of Ebola and will form part of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA).
Addressing the health volunteers at State House Nairobi on 9th January 2015, President Kenyatta said Kenya had fulfilled its pledge of USD 1,000,000 financial support to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to fight Ebola.
“The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa last year presented a profound global crisis. It seriously challenged the affected nations and regions, our continent’s and the global community’s capacities and approaches to humanitarian emergencies,” President Kenyatta said.
He thanked the medical volunteers for the bravery, resolve and nobility of spirit to be front-line staff in tackling the Ebola virus from the source.
“This is a time of great pride for all Kenyans, for you and for me. I stand before courageous and selfless volunteers who have taken a bold stand to bring the spirit of African solidarity into life and action,” President Kenyatta told the medics. “You are the demonstration of the potential Africa holds to overcome its challenges and boldly enter a brave new world of progress, peace and happiness.”
It is humbling and inspiring, President Kenyatta said, to know that Kenya boasts of innumerable committed, “compassionate and courageous professionals whose love and empathy literally knows no boundaries.”