Cuban doctors for Ebola response in West Africa welcomed by WHO

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Personal protective equipment for Ebola health care workers includes individual gowns, gloves, masks and goggles or face shields, as well as boots covered with disposable protection. WHO/Christina Banluta

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

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, said on Friday that to go to war with Ebola, resources are needed to fight.

WHO says this Ebola outbreak is the largest, most severe and most complex in the history of the disease, and has killed over 2200 people.

Ms Chan thanked the Cuban government for its generosity saying the health professionals it is providing will make a significant difference.

“The thing we need most of all, is people, healthcare workers. I hope the announcement today by the Cuban government will stimulate more countries to search their support. “(0'13")

The health professionals will be deployed to Sierra Leone at the beginning of October and work there for six months.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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