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….The death toll from the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached 2,400 from at least 4,784 cases, chief of the World Health Organization, or WHO, Margaret Chan said Friday. Chan reportedly said at a U.N. news conference in Geneva that these numbers were likely understimated and that the deadly outbreak requires a massive emergency response.
….Cuba’s health ministry said Friday that it will send 165 health workers to Sierra Leone
….The health agency reportedly said that it needed another 500 foreign health professionals, and about 1,000 local doctors and nurses to assist in the fight against the virus.
“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,” Chan said, in a statement.
WHO asks for more health workers to fight Ebola as death toll grows
Cuba's minister for public health, Roberto Morales Ojeda, said his country would be sending 165 healthcare workers to help in the fight - the largest contingent of foreign doctors and nurses to be committed so far.
…."Whatever number of cases and deaths we are reporting is an underestimate," she said. WHO director general Margaret Chan
originally posted by: new_here
a reply to: soficrow
Good on Cuba!
It never ceases to amaze me how the much the media (in my country anyway) fails to highlight the achievements and positive characteristics of other nations. Had no idea Cuba was 'world renown' for training docs and nurses.
Liberian President Pleads With Obama for Assistance in Combating Ebola
The president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has implored President Obama for help ....
In a letter on Tuesday to Mr. Obama, Ms. Johnson Sirleaf wrote that “I am being honest with you when I say that at this rate, we will never break the transmission chain and the virus will overwhelm us.” She urgently requested 1,500 additional beds in new hospitals across the country and urged that the United States military set up and run a 100-bed Ebola hospital in the besieged capital, Monrovia.
Infectious disease experts have sharply criticized as inadequate the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, particularly in Liberia, a country founded by freed American slaves. ...
…..Britain has focused its assistance efforts on its former colony Sierra Leone, as British troops head there to build and staff a 63-bed facility near the capital, Freetown. France has sent medical experts to its former colony Guinea.
That leaves Liberia, with its historic ties to America’s antebellum era, in the United States’ hands. In an interview on Thursday, Ms. Johnson Sirleaf said a perception by other countries that the United States would take care of Liberia had hurt the country so far in the Ebola fight. She said a health expert with the French group Doctors Without Borders told her recently: “We’re French. You’ve got America behind you; why should we have to do this for you?”
A Feeble Response to Ebola
The spread of the Ebola virus across West Africa has been fast and deadly. ...
….Western media have fanned irrational fears, fueling panic about the spread of the virus to Europe and North America rather than calling for international assistance to combat the crisis in West Africa. The Western press blames superstition, myths and ignorance for the virus’s spread through the region — not the fact that West African facilities are inadequate and overwhelmed; government finances are already stretched to capacity; there is widespread corruption and poor coordination among government agencies; and the international response has been pitiful.