Denmark extends Ebola efforts in Sierra Leone
The government has decided to extend its health efforts in Port Loko, Sierra Leone as its teams of health workers continue to help fight the Ebola outbreak that is hampering the west African nation. The efforts will be extended until the middle of June.
”The Danish health personnel in Port Loko continue to play an important role in overcoming this epidemic,” Mogens Jensen, the trade and development minister, said.
”But despite developments in Ebola-stricken nations moving in the right direction, the epidemic is not over. There is still massive support needed, and Denmark has decided to extend its presence in Port Loko until the summer of 2015.”
Third team on ground
The Danish government initially decided to send teams of health experts to Sierra Leone in November last year. The teams consist of 5 doctors, 13 nurses and 1 medical technician – all recruited from the civil healthcare sector by the Defence Ministry.
So far, two teams have completed their deployment, while the third team arrived in Port Loko on March 10 and will stay until the end of April, after which a fourth team will stay until mid-June.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 10,000 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak.