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Cuban Doctors to Provide Ebola Health Services for African Cup

posted by: January 13th, 2015

Cuban doctors will train staff on Ebola prevention for the upcoming football competition in Equatorial Guinea.

 The Cuban Embassy in Equatorial Guinea confirmed Thursday that Cuban doctors will be training health professionals at the upcoming African Cup of Nations (CAN 2015).

The Cuban physicians, who will begin their work Jan. 17, have specialized in the control and prevention of the Ebola virus. They have offered training to the staff at hotels, airports, borders and ports in light of the upcoming games.

Thousands of travelers are expected to attend this year’s tournament despite concerns over Ebola.

Cuban doctors will offer specialized training in the cities of Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebeiyin, where matches will be taking place, said Barabo Fraginal, one of the coordinators of the Cuban brigade in Equatorial Guinea.

Lucas Nguema Esono, vice prime minister of the host country, said Cuba will offer medical training and will be on hand at the tournament until Feb. 8, when the tournament concludes.

Equatorial Guinea assumed the organization of CAN 2015 after Morocco requested a yearlong delay over Ebola concerns. The Confederation of African Football rejected Morocco’s petition.

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia and Equatorial Guinea will compete in this year’s edition of Africa’s premier football tournament.