Obama to make statement on US fight against Ebola in Africa

US President Barack Obama wll make remarks at the White House today on US efforts to aid in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

AFP| Updated: Oct 29, 2014, 06:29 AM IST

Washington: US President Barack Obama wll make remarks at the White House today on US efforts to aid in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Obama will make his remarks after speaking by phone to members of a US team dispatched to help combat Ebola, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

The Americans were sent by the US Agency for International Development to try to help stem the spread of the often-deadly virus.

"He'll be convening a conference call with the members of the... Team who are currently deployed to West Africa, responding to the Ebola outbreak in that region of the world," Earnest said.

"These are individuals who've been on the ground in West Africa since, I believe, the first week in August.

"They are responsible for coordinating the government's response to this Ebola situation, and the president's obviously very grateful for their service," the spokesman said.

"The president will be calling to offer his gratitude on behalf of the nation for their work," he added.

In addition to the USAID workers, the United States has sent some 700 troops to West Africa to help in the fight against Ebola, and officials have said the number of soldiers could climb as high as 4,000.