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    Cuba: International Meeting Against Ebola Begins

    October 31, 2014

    Public health executives and specialists from Latin America and the United States, together with representatives of international organizations, exchange criteria on the implementation of actions to prevent and control the ebola epidemics in Havana,  Prensa Latina News Agency.news reported.

     

    A total of 252 delegates from 32 countries of the world and experts from the World and Pan American Health Organizations, and other regional entities, are debating on how to stop the ebola virus, now greatly affecting the west of Africa.


    In the inauguration of the meeting -with the presence of Cuban Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura- Cuban Public Health Minister Roberto Morales said Cuba is implementing a national contingency plan to avoid the introduction and propagation of the ebola virus.


    Doctor Morales added Cuba is taking sanitary measures and develops training programs in Africa and other nations which are laready counting on the cooperation of the Cuban public health personnel.



    This urgent meeting had been agreed on October 20, during the extraordinary summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), to create strategies for prevention and eradication of the mortal ebola epidemics.



    Since the urgency of this meeting, becauase of the emergency, Cuba agreed and decided to keep its 32 medical brigades present in Africa since early October and there is  a contingent of 165 Cuban health professionals in Sierra Leona.



    Recently, another group of 91 doctors and nurses traveled to Liberia and Guinea Conakry.



    The latest statistics show 10 000 487 cases of Ebola in that region called black continent, which has already led to more than five thousand deaths Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Conakry, and the Congo, primarily, although cases have been reported in other countries such as Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, United States and Spain.

     


    During the first day of the meeting, experts expose the control mechanisms and strategies implemented in their countries showdown.

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