WHO welcomes Cuban doctors for Ebola response

The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the commitment from the Government of Cuba to provide 165 health professionals to support Ebola care in West Africa.

A statement issued by Fadéla Chaib, WHO Communications Officer, and copied to the GNA, on Friday, said the newly announced support includes physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, specialists in infection control, intensive care specialists and social mobilization officers, and would be concentrated in Sierra Leone.

“If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to fight,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

“I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the Cuban government and these health professionals for doing their part to help us contain the worst Ebola outbreak ever known.

This will make a significant difference in Sierra Leone.”

The WHO Ebola response roadmap, released on August 28, highlights the need for a massively scaled response to support affected countries.

The statement said the commitment from the Cuban government exemplifies the kind of international effort required to intensify response activities and strengthen national capacities.

“Cuba is world-famous for its ability to train outstanding doctors and nurses and for its generosity in helping fellow countries on the route to progress,” said Dr Chan.

The statement said the health professionals would be deployed to Sierra Leone the first week in October, and stay for six months. They have all worked previously in Africa. GNA

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