Cuba will dispatch 50 medical doctors to Liberia shortly to help in the fight to contain the Ebola epidemic, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan has disclosed. He said in response to a letter from the Liberian Foreign Ministry, Cuba will also donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Liberian government.
Minister Ngafuan made the disclosure o Thursday when he appeared before the House of Representatives to report on international assistance towards the fight against Ebola in Liberia.
The minister explained that an advanced team of four Cuban doctors is already in the country and a large batch is expected shortly, adding that besides treating Ebola patients, the Cubans will help train Liberian health staff.
Ebola has engulfed three West African countries including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and Liberia has so far recorded the highest number of deaths amongst the three West African Countries most affected by the epidemic in recent times.
As a result of the severity of the situation in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf over the weekend wrote the world about the worsening situation facing her country saying that the virus has become a global issue.
The coming of the 50 Cuban doctors will be a major boost in the fight against the vicious virus that continues to claim lives on a daily basis in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The Ebola virus is not just a public health crisis; it has also become a social crisis, a humanitarian crisis, an economic crisis, and a threat to national security well beyond the outbreak zones; Morrison O.G. Sayon writes