ISLAMABAD: The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan called for more international medical workers to contain Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.
According to Xinhua, she at a press conference in Geneva welcomed Cuban government decision to provide “the largest offer” of 165 health professionals, which included physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, specialists in infection control, intensive care specialists and social mobilization officers to support Ebola care in West Africa, Xinhua Reported.
She said the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging parts of west Africa is the largest, most severe and most complex in nearly four decades history of this disease.
She warned in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in the Ebola specific treatment centers.
“Our response is running short on nearly everything, from personal protective equipment, mobile laboratory to isolation wards, but the thing we need most of all is people, health care workers,” she stressed.
She said “the the right people, right specialists who are appropriately trained and know how to keep themselves safe, is most important to stop transmission of Ebola”.
“Money, materials are important but those alone could not stop the Ebola transmission,” she said, adding that at least five to six hundred doctors which coming both from the country and foreign medical teams are needed.
She expressed gratitude towards the countries that had already provided support to WHO, other UN agencies, and most importantly to the three countries.
“China already had medical teams in the three countries, and they have added more doctors. In our discussion with Chinese authorities, they are prepare to do more,” she told reporters.
In addition, she called for more actions and at least two to four times supports in order to catch up with the outbreaks that were happening fast in these three countries.
As of Sept 7, the total number of cases attributed to Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has reached 4,366, including 2,218 deaths.