CUBAN PRESIDENT SENDS OFF MEDICAL TEAM TO SIERRA LEONG TO FIGHT EBOLA

HAVANA, Oct 3 –Cuban President Raul Castro, sent off 165 health professionals to Sierra Leone to take part in the world struggle against the Ebola fever virus, which has so far caused the death of thousands of people in Western Africa.

On Wednesday night, the Army General shook hands with the Cuban health workers to bid them farewell, the Granma newspaper reported on Thursday.

The group is made up by 63 physicians and 102 nurses from the entire country, with over 15 years of experience. About 80 percent of them have worked in other nations in internationalist missions, many of them precisely in Africa.

On this occasion, the leadership of the medical brigades that will travel to Liberia and Guinea Conakry also left Havana, to create in these nations the conditions necessary for the arrival of the Cuban health workers.

Also saying good-bye to the 165 health professionals at the Havana airport were Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party and Vice-president of the councils of State and Ministers, and Roberto Morales, Minister of Public Health.-

SOURCE: ACN

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