The New Dawn (Monrovia)

20 August 2014

Liberia: Congolese Doctors Arrive Today

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced it will dispatch a five-man medical team from the Democratic republic of Congo is being dispatched to Liberia today, Wednesday, August 20th to help with the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola Disease, the Congolese government has announced here. The team will include two medical doctors and three para-medical professionals.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the decision to send the medical team to aid Liberia in its Ebola fight was made by President Joseph Kabila Kabange through the efforts of the Embassy of the DR Congo accredited near Monrovia.

The release said the team will be led by Professor, Dr. Muyembe Tafum Jean Jaques, Coordinator of the DR Congo Ebola Control Team. Other members of the team are: Dr.Mukendi Kalambayi, Internist in charge of Control Infection; Mr. Muyembe Baby, Lab Technician in charge of collecting, keeping and controlling specimens; Mr.Yongolele Riziki, Biologist in charge of Bio-Security; and Mrs. Akonga Okito, Lab Technician and Analyst.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy called on Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan on Tuesday in Monrovia, Mr. Tony Nzinga, Chargé d'Affaires of the DR Congo announced his government's intention to help Liberia's Ebola fight.

He said President Kabila and the people of the DR Congo were greatly concerned about the situation in Liberia and in deep sympathy with the country for the lives lost so far. It can be recalled that DR Congo experienced similar Ebola outbreak in 1976 but was able to overcome it.

For his part, Foreign Minister Ngafuan said he was overwhelmed by the offer from the DR Congo, especially with the experience the country has in combating the Ebola Virus. The Liberian Foreign Minister and Dean of Cabinet, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Government and People of Liberia, extended profound thanks and gratitude to President Kabila and the Government and People of the DR Congo for the gesture.

Minister Ngafuan remarked that true friends are known when you are in difficulty, that the action by DR Congo has shown that the country is a true friend and partner. He assured that the Liberian people will be appreciative and eternally grateful to know that experts are coming from the DR Congo, a country that witnessed the first outbreak of the disease in 1976 in areas adjoining the Ebola River, from where the virus got its name.

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