BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- China will send disease control
experts to three Ebola-affected West African nations to assist the
fight against the deadly virus, the National Health and Family
Planning Commission (NHFPC) said Saturday.
NHFPC spokesman Mao Qun'an said three expert teams will go to
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to provide technical assistance in
prevention and control of Ebola virus.
Each team will be composed of one epidemiologist and two
specialists in disinfection and protection, who are from the
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and
other institutions, said Wang Yu, head of China CDC.
It is the first time that China offers assistance to foreign
countries in response to a public health emergency, Wang said.
Wang said the West African nations, facing severe shortage of
medicines and disease prevention knowledge, are in urgent need of
material support and expertise as the epidemic has yet been
Chinese experts will train local medical workers on personal
protection, disinfection and biological safety. They will also
assist the distribution of China's materials and help Chinese
nationals in those countries to strengthen disease prevention and
Mao said the NHFPC had worked with the ministries of commerce
and foreign affairs, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China
to purchase medicines, disinfection materials and protective
The materials will be flown to the African countries on
The virus has claimed nearly 1,000 lives in West Africa, most of
whom were in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The World Health Organization on Friday warned that the disease
was now a "public health emergency of international concern" and
called for a coordinated international response to stop and reverse
the international spread of Ebola. Enditem