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PAHO and Cuba health teams arrive to boost Ebola preparation

Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 9:17 AM

A team from the Pan American Health Organization’s Washington Office is to arrive in Jamaica today to provide support to several areas of the country’s Ebola preparation and response.

PAHO is the regional arm of the World Health Organisation which is spear-heading the global response to the Ebola outbreak stemming from West Africa.

And its team is visiting several countries in the Region to provide support to the overall Regional preparedness activities.

Some of the critical areas that will be examined during the visit of the PAHO team include surveillance, points of entry, laboratory capacity, contact tracing and Risk communication.

Meanwhile, 30 Cuban workers will arrive in the island today as part of the existing Human Resource agreement between the Government of Jamaica and Cuba.

A Health Ministry statement says the workers have been trained in Ebola Management and will be deployed across the Regional Health Authorities. 

Jamaica has undertaken several activities including the establishment of a joint coordinating team led by the Ministry of Health and other government agencies. 

In August, the World Health Organization declared Ebola a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and recommended that countries immediately put systems in place as part of their preparedness and response.

More than five thousand people have been killed in the current Ebola outbreak - almost all of them in West Africa.

Sierra Leone is one of the three worst affected countries, along with Liberia and Guinea.


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