HAVANA TIMES — Cuban authorities plan to raise the number of Cuban doctors heading for Africa to fight the ebola outbreak to 461, reported dpa news on Thursday.

The government of Raul Castro had already announced two weeks ago that it would send 165 MDs to West Africa in the near future.

The doctors will work in the West African countries where nearly 3,000 people have already died from the disease, according to the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Most of the Cubans will arrive to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in October. It will be the largest medical contingent to be sent to the region so far, notes Prensa Latina.

WHO has made a worldwide call to fight the Ebola outbreak. According to the agency, the death toll rose to 2,917 in West Africa on September 21.

The largest number of fatalities is Liberia (1,677), followed by Guinea (635) and Sierra Leone (597). The number of infected persons registered totaled 6,263 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.

WHO fears that the number of infections could soar to 20,000 in West Africa in November if urgent measures are not taken.

14 thoughts on “Cuba Ups to 461 MDs to Fight Ebola

  • The first Cuban medical team did not leave for Africa until October 1, 2014

  • In addition to the US government contribution, there are many US based charities providing workers and money to support missions in Africa to help fight Ebola.

    For Cuba, there is only the government mission. There are no private charities.

  • These Cuban medical teams have a poor sense of direction. Thousands of Cuban medical workers in Venezuela managed to get lost, forgot how to get home to Cuba, and somehow wound up in the USA.

  • No doubt, everyone in Africa who is suffering from Ebola is arguing about who is the best, most generous helper to them in their misery, Cuba or America. But one thing that perhaps ought to be of some immediate consideration with this massive influx of foreign aid workers, is the very plausible danger that the Ebola strain may be brought into the western hemisphere when some of these aid workers begin to return to their home countries. How is Cuba, or for that matter, America, prepared to deal with that?

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