The latest reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday announced a reduction in the number of new cases of Ebola in parts of West Africa, particularly in Liberia, the country most affected so far, but warned that the transmission remains strong in western Sierra Leone and southern Guinea Conakry.
At press time, international agencies indicated -according to data from the WHO-the number infected totals 13,268, the death toll stands at 4,960, and nobody knows the number of unrecorded cases.
According to the investigations, the evolution of the virus is very different in different regions. In many areas, the situation seems to be improving, but in others cases are increasing.
Authorities report that the international mobilization against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could be giving the first results, with a slight decrease in the spread of the virus.
The latest report from the WHO notes that this epidemic -the most serious in the history of this haemorrhagic fever, from its identification in central Africa in 1976- requires the unification of the efforts of all nations, especially those most affected, where practices and very risky rituals persist.
The president of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, this week criticized local officials in a rural area west of the country and pressed them to put an end to mortuary activities involving contact with the bodies.
Japan, meanwhile, announced Friday it would increase from 40 to 140 million dollars (from 32 million to more than 80 million Euros) aid to combat the epidemic.
Nevertheless, the head of the UN mission to coordinate the fight against Ebola, Anthony Banbury, said that they still do not have the means to stop the spread of the virus. The UN reported that it has received this week, 572 of the 988 million dollars it needs to combat the epidemic.
Time Praises the Cuban Cooperation against Ebola
A recent article in Time magazine acknowledged that the medical internationalism is a national priority in Cuba, so Cuba is uniquely prepared to combat the epidemic of the Ebola virus.
According to a Prensa Latina report, the article, which was published this week in the digital site of the influential US magazine, entitled Why Cuba Is So Good at Fighting Ebola?, highlights the heroism of the Greater Antilles, to become the first nation that sent hundreds of health workers to West Africa.
It further emphasizes that, despite not being a rich country, the island is one of the most committed nations when it comes to the work of doctors in crisis areas.
The text, written by journalist Alexandra Sifferlin, notes that Cuba has provided doctors and nurses to West Africa, in coordination with the World Health Organization.
More than 50,000 Cuban health workers are working in 66 countries around the world, the publication recognizes. Sifferlin weighs up the health system response to global crises instituted by the Cuban government.
"When Cuban doctors graduate, they are given the opportunity to volunteer to be called to medical missions or natural disasters," says the journalist.
Time notes that thousands of doctors from low-income communities in 83 countries, including the US, have graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), which is in Havana, and about 10,000 are currently enrolled there.
The magazine, which is published in several languages and has circulated since 1923, says that Cuba, through its medical benefits for the world, is winning kudos for its spirit of goodwill and cooperation.
Translated by ESTI