Australia Rules Out Sending Ebola Doctors To W. Africa; Cuban, Other Volunteers Step Forward To Combat Virus

News outlets report on issues surrounding the insufficient health workforce to fight Ebola in West Africa and steps the international community is taking to send doctors and volunteers to the affected regions.

Associated Press: Australia won’t send Ebola doctors to West Africa
“Australia on Monday ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus…” (9/29).

New York Times: Ebola Doctor Shortage Eases as Volunteers Step Forward
“Doctors and nurses are finally volunteering to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa after a long period of paralyzing fear in which almost none stepped forward. But, experts say, even though money is now pouring in from the World Bank, the Gates Foundation and elsewhere, and the United States Army is to start erecting field hospitals soon, there is likely to be a long gap before those hospitals can be fully staffed to care for the growing numbers of people with Ebola…” (McNeil, 9/26).

Reuters: Cuba sending 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola in West Africa
“Cuba will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to West Africa to help combat the Ebola virus, raising to 461 the number of its medical professionals joining world efforts to contain an outbreak that has killed more than 3,000 people…” (9/27).

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