GENEVA, September 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Cuba will send 165 health workers to Sierra Leone in October to fight the Ebola virus outbreak that has already killed over 2,400 people, the Cuban health minister said on Friday.
A team of 62 doctors and 103 nurses will remain in Sierra Leone for six months, Roberto Morales Ojeda told a news conference with the head of the World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan.
Chan said: “If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to fight."
“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 and I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the Cuban government and these health professionals for doing their part to help us contain the worst Ebola outbreak ever known," she said
"We still need about 500 to 600 doctors coming from abroad and at least 1,000 or more health care workers," Chan added.
The death toll from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has exceeded 2,400 among 4,784 reported cases. Most victims died in Liberia, and in Guinea and Sierra Leone.