NEW YORK – The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Friday praised Cuba’s contribution to the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and said that her country is very grateful.
“Although I did not encounter them personally, I have to commend Cuba” for sending 265 medical professionals to the affected countries so quickly, said Power, recently returned from a trip to Africa, during a Reuters Newsmaker panel discussion in New York.
“We are working side by side, as it were,” the diplomat said, though adding that the U.S. and Cuban efforts are separate.
Power noted the speed with which Havana reacted to the Ebola outbreak, and recalled that the Cuban government will send another 200 health workers to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three countries most affected by an outbreak that has killed nearly 5,000 people.
Se recalled that besides treating patients directly, the health workers in West Africa are also training local personnel in how to deal with the epidemic.
Cuba’s contribution to battling the epidemic has been praised by international entities such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization, as well as U.S. media outlets such as The New York Times
For more than 50 years, the United States and Cuba have had no diplomatic relations, and Washington has imposed an economic, trade and financial embargo on the island.
Latin American Herald Tribune, November 2, 2014