Oct 23 2014
The governments of Liberia and Guinea expressed their gratefulness to Cuba for its medical assistance to those western African nations amidst a health crisis caused by the Ebola virus.
Liberian foreign minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said they expect that Cuban health professionals not only assist in the fight against Ebola, but also in the improvement of the local health sector, particularly the training and deployment of personnel in other areas considered as critical to the health system, PL news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s deputy health minister Matthew Flomo said that the Cuban medical brigade, made up of epidemiologists, intensive care specialists, medical doctors, surgeons, pediatricians, nurses and anesthesiologists, among others, could soon working at centers to treat Ebola patients.
In Guinea, the Cuban doctors were welcomed by Foreign minister Lounceny Fall, Health minister Remy Lamah, and International Cooperation Moustapha Koutoubou, who thanked Havana for its collaboration against the epidemic.
Minister Koutoubou said that relations between Guinea and Cuba date back to the days when that country achieved its independence and he ratified his nation’s commitment to keep strengthening cooperation relations with Havana.(Photo: Fidel and Sekou Toure)
With the two medical brigades in Liberia and Guinea, Cuba now have 256 health professionals in western Africa fighting the Ebola epidemic.
Source: Cuban News Agency