Doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and disease control specialists are among the 165 health workers to be sent by Cuba to African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, announced the caribbean nation's health minister Friday.
Speaking at a World Health Organization (WHO) press conference in Geneva, Cuban minister of public health Roberto Morales Ojeda said the health workers will be deployed to Sierra Leone, one the regions most affected by the epidemic, in early October.
"Cuba is world famous for its ability to train outstanding doctors and nurses and for its generosity in helping fellow countries"
So far, the Ebola outbreak has claimed around 2,300 lives in several West African nations including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and Guinea, in what has been deemed the disease’s worst outbreak in history.
"If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to fight," said WHO director general Margaret Chan. "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."
Chan praised Cuba’s initiative, saying it “would make a significant difference” in Sierra Leone.