JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20 – A team of 12 South African health professionals are preparing to leave for Ebola-hit Freetown in Sierra Leone this Friday to assist with the treatment of thousands of people who are infected with the deadly disease in West Africa.
The team of 11 nurses and one medical doctor is planning to stay in Sierra Leone for two months.
Right to Care, an organization which recruited the health professionals, briefed the media on its plans in Johannesburg Monday.
The Chief Medical Officer of Right to Care, Pappie Majuba, said the experiences the healthcare workers would gain will be extremely valuable.
“Experience has shown that outbreaks like this are only controlled where there is an international response. That’s why we are getting involved because we are trying to avoid it coming here and also to gain experience so that one day when it comes here we will be able to control it.”