Friday, February 27, 2015   

Japan aid agency removes staff from Ebola-hit countries
(08-12 16:10)

Japan's foreign aid agency said Tuesday it was evacuating two dozen staff from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as the death toll from the Ebola virus continued to mount.
The move came as eight Chinese medical workers who treated patients suffering from the virus were placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone, as well as Guinea and Liberia, has been at the centre of the outbreak.
"We expect they will complete the evacuation from the region within a few days,'' said Yuho Hayakawa, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
None had been placed in quarantine, he added.
"No one is showing symptoms. They were not in any high-risk situations, where they would come into close contact with patients,'' he added.
Japan's foreign aid body has permanent offices in Liberia and Sierra Leone, which will continue to be managed by local staff, Hayakawa said.
The 24 staff being pulled out include agriculture, health, and infrastructure building experts, he said.
The latest World Health Organization data showed that the virus has killed 1,013 victims and infected another 1,848 people.
The fatalities include 52 deaths recorded between August 7-9 in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the data. --AFP   
Other World breaking news:
Sex predator Savile abused 63 people at UK hospital (02-26 20:00)
Afghan avalanche fatalities surpass 200 (02-26 18:52)
Canberra buying time for Bali Nine drug convicts (02-26 18:42)
Tea time in Tokyo for William (02-26 17:15)
South Koreans may have a fling without fear (02-26 14:19)
US$4,400 one-of-kind pen marks Japan tsunami (02-26 13:09)
Housekeeping trouble mounts for Israel PM Netanyahu (02-26 12:26)
Austria bans foreign funding for Muslims (02-26 12:15)
Lohan ordered back into community service (02-26 11:58)
Indebted South Koreans pile on record US$990b debt (02-26 11:31)

More breaking news >>

© 2015 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts

 


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.