Cuba praised for sending more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

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A team of 165 Cuban medical doctors and nurses have arrived in Sierra Leone earlier in October 2014 to support the Ebola response efforts. Photo: WHO/S. Gborie

Cuba is being praised for sending more doctors and nurses to help fight the Ebola pandemic in West Africa.

Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) spoke via video conference to delegates attending a Summit of a regional group of Latin American and Caribbean countries on Ebola.

The aim of the meeting in Havana, Cuba, is to define who will contribute what to resolving this complex emergency, as well stopping the spread of the virus.

"I must begin by thanking the Cuban government for giving the Ebola outbreak response so many highly experienced Cuban doctors and nurses. I have seen the many news photographs of these staff in their sparkling white jackets ready to help. This brings a most welcome phase of hope to what is otherwise a horrific outbreak."  (27″)

Earlier in October, a team of 165 Cuban medical doctors and nurses were sent to Sierra Leone.

Ms Chan has also confirmed that Nigeria is now "free of Ebola" after reporting no new cases for 42 days.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’11″


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