Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Obama calls Ebola doctor, commends his service

Dr Craig Spencer. (Richard Drew, AP)Beijing - President Barack Obama is commending a physician who recovered from Ebola for his selflessness in going to West Africa to fight the virus.

The White House says Obama called Dr Craig Spencer from Beijing, where Obama is travelling this week. Spencer was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after being treated in a New York hospital. He contracted Ebola while working for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

Obama is thanking Spencer for serving his country and West Africans. He says his administration will keep supporting people like Spencer who want to serve others. Obama says the best way to stop Ebola in the US is to fight it in West Africa.

The Obama administration has pushed back against states that have imposed strict limitations on health workers returning from West Africa.

- AP

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