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Safe from Ebola virus

Torika Chandra
Friday, August 08, 2014

OUR health and our strength is of God alone, Leilah Marie Waqanivavalagi — a Fijian living in Nairobi, Kenya, said as the Ebola epidemic increases in Western parts of Africa.

Miss Waqanivavalagi, whose father works with the United Nations, lives in Kenya with her Christian missionary family — mother Ella, sister Lorna Jayne and brother Sakeasi.

She said although Nairobi was not affected by the Ebola virus, there were precautionary measures in place should a threat arise in the future.

"We believe that our health and our strength is of the Lord alone," Miss Waqanivavalagi said.

"We are praying for those who are suffering greatly in the Western parts of Africa."

She confirmed that other Fijians living in Africa were safe from the Ebola outbreak.

"We keep in touch with the Fijian community here in Kenya and across Africa and everybody's well.

"There are two families that live here in Nairobi city and three families that live on the country side and we're all doing great and are all in good health."

She said the UN always kept them informed on threats that arose locally in Kenya or of any outbreaks or dangerous situations that arose around Africa that may threaten the wellbeing of UN and international families.

"Right now, there is no need for evacuation. The Ebola outbreak is only affecting mainly the Western part of Africa.

"There is no sign of the Ebola virus here in Kenya or anywhere near East Africa. We are safe and sound and in good health."