WHO asks Zim to send personnel to West Africa

HARARE - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has asked Zimbabwe to send personnel to West Africa to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, a senior government official has said.

The revelations add to the pressure already being applied to the Zimbabwe government by health and aid groups for it to send doctors, nurses and other skilled workers to West Africa to support international efforts to control the disease outbreak, which has already claimed almost 5 000 lives.

Paul Chimedza, Zimbabwe’s deputy minister of Health and Child Care, said: “I am not quite sure if there is a group that has been put up to go there but I am aware that the request came saying, ‘Zimbabwe you have healthcare workers who have expertise who can assist’.

“All of us as the African Union are working together to make sure this big flame is doused.

“They are saying Africa, also put your money or whatever you have on the table so that we make sure that we help each other so that Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, do not have Ebola and minds can be put to rest.”

Chimedza said although government had fears of its health personnel being infected, it had a moral obligation to release any professional who volunteers.

“What we are doing now is just to contribute to sparks of a fire that is somewhere else but the wisdom of it is that, let us all focus on the area and put out the fire,” he said.

“So those who have the money, some of them have put in their money. Those that have got healthcare workers that can go, they have put in that.

“A request has come from WHO to say Zimbabwe you have got staff, can you help us so they can come and fight the Ebola scourge.

“Your concerns are just like our concerns that what do we do with the infection but in terms of what they will do there, it is WHO which has an undertaking there.

“We are quite certain they will take every measure to make sure that they do not get infected.”


Comments (9)

This could be the oppotunirty for Zim nurses to make money -Dr Chimedza and the Ministry of Health will agree with me here.

Addmore Mawureva - 29 October 2014

iiii pakaipa ko havazodzoke vatove infected here ,

RUDO - 29 October 2014

Zimbabwe brace up for this or prepare the unexpected

Runwork - 29 October 2014

What expertise do we have in Zimbabwe toward Ebola? I love life to the fullest. So someone with their right minds would allow such to happen? Only unless if they are evil. I do not have words for you. God help me. I do not rejoice in witnessing the wicked using innocent lives to affect other innocent lives just in the name of goodwill. It seems as if only a few amongst us have been vested with the access to thinking (not be mistaken for reason) of the so called so called 'best of thoughts'.

doontoothersasyouwantthemtodouponyou - 29 October 2014

Where are the African solutions to African problems? Waiting for the West to do all the dirty work. When the West intervenes militarily African dictators cry that the West wants to steal resources but they look on the side expecting the West to intervene when there are problems like Ebola and floods. Where are the Russians and the Chinese? They only get involved when there is something to gain for them. Morons. Only yesterday Mugabe was complaining about West intervention in Libya but has not said anything about the West's intervention on Ebola in West Africa. Hypocrisy.

Musona - 29 October 2014

Expertise from Zim..what a joke. from a country on its knees. Useless expertise. Vanoyenda kuda mari but they have nothing to offer but just to add to the numbers

Garikayi - 30 October 2014

how much can one expect to be paid.ndozvinebasa . insurance and other benefits. who will pay us because tatomiririra whistle kuti chiuyai vanoda. hoping that we wont be blacklisted after travelling to west africa, zvedu zvatoita, manonoka

gamatox - 30 October 2014

These Western countries have been trying to cripple Zimbabwe for years. Why should Zimbabwe health workers go to West Africa to fight Ebola???? About 50 African heads of state were invited to the US by Obama a few weeks ago and Mugabe was excluded. Why ask Mugabe for help today. Get help from those countries which are friends of America.

Dave Makomo - 30 October 2014

I do not agree with the request. People that have been assisting the EBOLA hit countries also got the disease. How will Zimbabwe cope with the disease when our medical staff return home. The best way to control this disease is to quarantine the areas and people that are infected. We do not want that virus in Zimbabwe so please say NO.

Zvokwadi - 31 October 2014

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