As Israeli researchers are working overtime to help combat the spread of Ebola that is spreading like wildfire across Western Africa and is now crossing international border, the Foreign Ministry announced that it will send three mobile emergency clinics to the region.
The Foreign Ministry’s Mashav department, also known as the Agency for International Development Cooperation, confirmed that Israel has decided to step up its own international efforts to combat the spread of the epidemic, a ministry spokesman announced on Sunday.
The decision was passed after several requests by the World Health Organization, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and numerous Israeli and international aid organizations.
The mobile emergency clinics were manufactured in Israel and built in accordance with strict WHO guidelines on the treatment of Ebola. Each clinic is staffed by a team of highly trained medical experts whose task it is to train local teams to operate and manage the clinics themselves.
In addition to training, the medical team will also focus their efforts on educating the population on symptoms to look out for and how to prevent the disease.
An Israeli team has already been operating in Cameroon for some time, where they have been received favorably by local authorities.
Aside from the emergency clinics, the Foreign Ministry has sent emergency equipment to Sierra Leone and personal protection equipment to teams of the African Union.
After it was decided by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to not send an IDF field hospital to Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Foreign Ministry decided to cooperate with foreign governments and international aid agencies.
It is estimated that some 3,400 Africans have died from Ebola and several cases have already been diagnosed in Western countries, with the first patient in the US diagnosed in Texas.