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.