Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf praised the work of Cuban doctors who volunteered to help fight the Ebola virus during a meeting with Cuba’s vice-president of the State Council, Salvador Valdes.
Gathered in South Africa’s capital Johannesburg for an African Union summit, the two representatives discussed the work achieved by the Cuban professionals, often in very remote places with poor infrastructure.
For over a six month period, 258 Cuban doctors worked in African nations affected by the disease, including Liberia which was declared Ebola-free in May. Johnson-Sirleaf also acknowledged the effectiveness of the health care system in Cuba, which is rated the top 25 in the world in terms of life expectancy, despite a harsh economic blockade against it by the U.S.
The Liberian president welcomed the improving diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S and praised the resistance of the Cuban people in light of the blockade.
Attended by more than 50 heads of state and government, the 25th African Union summit began in Johannesburg Sunday, and Cuba is attending as a guest country.