Israel is joining international efforts to prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa, which has been one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and is currently affecting five West African nations including Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Senegal.
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) along with the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Directorate, announced that it would be joining international efforts to prevent Ebola from spreading in African nations not yet affected.
Two Israeli doctors, Dr. Roee Singer from the Ministry of Health and Dr. Pnina Shitrit, a senior physician at Meir Hospital’s infectious diseases department, are departing for Cameroon on Sunday, September 7 for a week-long professional program on preventing infectious diseases. The Israeli doctors will share methods with the local Ministry of Health professional teams and medical staff to prevent infection by the Ebola virus and other infectious diseases.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel is sharing its knowledge in the fields of public health in coordination with the World Health Organization’s efforts to stop the Ebola Virus Disease. Ebola is regarded as one of the world’s deadliest diseases, killing 50 and 90 percent of those infected. More than 660 people have been killed in West Africa and 1,100 people infected during the recent Ebola outbreak.