Speaking at a news conference at the headquarters of the World
Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Roberto Morales Ojeda, Cuba's
minister of public health, said the first of his workers would begin
arriving in Sierra Leone in early October.
Some 2,300 people in West Africa have died of Ebola virus infection
in the worst outbreak of the disease in history. The epidemic has
been raging in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since it started
there in March, and has also reached Nigeria and Senegal.
WHO director general Margaret Chan welcomed Cuba's commitment,
saying it would make "a significant difference" in Sierra Leone.
"If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to
fight," she said. "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."
The Cuba staff will include doctors, nurses, epidemiologists,
specialists in infection control, intensive care specialists and
social mobilization officers.
[to top of second column]
(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Susan Fenton)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.