A contingent of 83 Cuban doctors and nurses traveled to Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday night, raising to 256 the numbers of medical personnel sent by Havana to West Africa with the purpose of battling Ebola epidemic.
According to Granma newspaper, the 35 physicians and 48 nurses were named “heroes”. They were greeted by President Raul Castro before boarding the journey to the “epicenter of the global fight against Ebola”.
“I am convinced that we will return victorious and healthy”, said one of the doctors for the state-run television.
Granma reported that 256 Cuban health professionals are currently deployed into the hot zone.
Despite its economic difficulties and modest resources, Cuba has propelled to the front-line of the fight against Ebola, by sending on October 1 the first contingent of 165 medical professionals in Sierra Leone.