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Cuba’s advance team arrives

A high level Cuban medical delegation comprising mainly of medical doctors, financial and logistical officers have arrived in Liberia as an advance team of the Cuban medical brigade coming to assist in the fight to control the Ebola virus that is ravaging the West African region.

A Foreign Ministry release says the advanced Cuban medical professionals, who arrived here on Saturday, October 4, 2014 is headed by Dr. Juan Carlos Dupuy Nunez.

Other members of the delegation include Dr. Pablo Miguel, Raventon Vaguer, Mr. Andres Marrero Escobar, and Rolando Vergara Zito, constituting medical doctors, financial and logistical officers.

The delegation paid a courtesy call on Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, on Monday, 6 September in Monrovia.

Minister Ngafuan on behalf of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and the Government and people of Liberia, extended sincere gratitude to the Government and People of Cuba for demonstrating what he termed as a solid friendship and solidarity to people in greater needs:  “You are coming to help not just Liberia, but also the Republic of Sierra Leone”.

While lifting praises on Cuba, Minister Ngafuan noted that the country has over the years distinguished itself in the medical fields, referring to Cuban medical doctors as medical diplomats in the world.

He further assured members of the advance team of his ministry’s fullest cooperation in helping them navigate through Liberia’s governmental system, noting that Liberia has good diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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Ngafuan disclosed that as Liberia battles against the deadly Ebola disease, the government is also working hard to upgrade the standard of its health facilities to deal with other related illnesses that are posing threats to the heath of the Liberian people. He then expressed confidence that with the coming of the Cuban doctors to assist in the fight against Ebola, the disease will soon be eradicated.

The head of the advanced team, Dr. Nunez, who introduced members of his delegation, said they are here as part of  what is going to be a comprehensive team of about 50 experts that will arrive in Liberia very soon.

According to Dr. Nunez, the Cuban medical team will be in the country as part of international response to control the virus in West Africa and the world, working with the Government in curbing the disease.

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