Ebola assistance: Cuban medical experts to train local health-care workers
Anastasia Cunningham, News Coordinator
Jamaica’s preparedness for the threat of the deadly Ebola virus has received a major boost with the Cuban government agreeing to provide two medical experts to train local health-care workers on front line duties.
Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says Cuba has also agreed to send 30 medical personnel to Jamaica next month to provide additional training.
Ferguson was speaking at a press conference this morning to update the country on his visit to Cuba on the weekend to enlist support for Jamaica’s Ebola preparedness activities.
The health minister said he met with Cuban President Raul Castro, who has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Jamaica that will provide other assistance to Jamaica to prepare for the threat of the virus and in the event there is a confirmed case.
He says part of that MoU is for Jamaica to benefit from an Ebola treatment Cuban medical experts are now developing with other international partners.
Ferguson says Cuba will also be sending medical experts to help Jamaica tackle cases of the Dengue fever and the chikungunya virus.
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