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The Nigerian President, on Tuesday, paid tribute to medical officers who recently treated the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, and in the process got infected with the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease.
While sympathising with the families of those who died in the process, the President promised that his administration would ensure that those still alive get the best medical attention.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, made the remarks at an event held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja to mark the World Humanitarian Day.
The event was organised by the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and the National Emergency Management Agency.
“I want to use this occasion to salute the courage of these medical personnel and condole with the families of those that lost their lives. Government is doing everything possible to ensure that those still alive get the best medical attention, while praying to God to save their lives,” the President said.
The President was also saddened by the fact that many humanitarian workers had become targets of violent attacks despite the passion with which they carry out their duties.
He said that in the last 10 years, the number of attacks on humanitarian workers had tripled, according to the statistics available to him.
He regretted that while those in need desperately require help, ability to reach out to them was sadly increasingly challenging and at risk.
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