U.N. officials gather in Cuba to discuss ways to prevent spread of Ebola

Cuba sent a medical team to Sierra Leone to help end the spread of Ebola.
Cuba sent a medical team to Sierra Leone to help end the spread of Ebola. | The United Nations

Health officials from the United Nations encouraged countries around the world on Monday to replicate the efforts of Cuba and Venezuela in stopping the spread of Ebola as the virus has evolved from being just a localized health issue.

At a regional summit in Cuba, U.N. officials praised Cuba for sending medical staff to affected areas in West Africa and Venezuela for giving $5 million to the U.N. Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund. Other countries are being urged to follow suit in order to defeat the virus and prevent it from spreading farther.

ā€œ[Ebola] has wide and profound economic, humanitarian, political and security dimensions," Dr. David Nabarro, the U.N. secretary-general's special envoy on Ebola, said. "We must act decisively to relieve the burden on the people and governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and stop the spread of Ebola to other countries.ā€

Ebola can be contained as demonstrated by Nigeria, which was recently declared Ebola-free after not seeing a single case of the virus in 42 days, as well as Senegal, which also was declared free of the virus. Actions that have contributed to the containment of the virus include strong public awareness campaigns and engaging with community leaders.

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