Israel continues their humanitarian mission “Operation Full Recovery” sending life-saving medical equipment to Ebola-stricken Africa.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on Tuesday that Israel is sending two containers of medical equipment each to the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The total cost of the project is estimated at NIS 1.2 million (approximately $315,000). The six containers are expected to arrive at their destinations in the next 30-40 days.
The equipment includes mobile clinics with a capacity of 20 beds each, including protective equipment, a treatment cart and anything else needed to start treating patients immediately.
The MFA is also sending medical teams to Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire to advise local residents on dealing with emergency situations and preventing epidemic outbreaks.
Gil Haskel, head of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, stated that the project “expresses Israel’s dedication to the international combat against the Ebola virus. Just as Israel had undertaken missions to help disaster areas in the past, and in light of Israel’s vast experience in field medicine, Israel has offered its support to the countries in need this time as well. ”
‘Israel’s Capabilities Belong to Humanity’
“The fight against the spread of the Ebola virus is part of the Foreign Ministry’s vision to help people wherever they may be and to strengthen Israel’s ties with various countries,” Haskel added. “Israel has unique medical knowledge, and we are prepared to give it to the nations of the world. Israel’s capabilities belong to humanity and Israel is an active and pioneering member of the international community.”
Israel’s efforts in combating the Ebola outbreak in 2014 were already acknowledged last month by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “Israel’s contribution will play a crucial role in increasing the quality of the care and accessibility to the victims,” Ban stated in a letter.
Largest Ebola Outbreak in History
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The World Health Organization released a situation report on November 5 that counted a total of 13,042 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), which have been reported in six affected countries. There have been 4,818 reported deaths. In all three primarily affected countries – Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea – EVD transmission remains persistent and widespread, particularly in the capital cities.
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Author: United with Israel Staff