South African born Dr. Matshidiso Moeti yesterday became the World Health’s Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa. As she takes the reigns of one of the WHO’s most important offices at a pivotal time, the doctor from KwaThema east of Johannesburg says she has never forgotten the lessons South Africa taught her.
By the end of this week, 10 professional nurses and one doctor will leave Johannesburg for Sierra Leone and the front lines of the Ebola outbreak. According to the non-profit organisation Right to Care, this is the first of many teams slated to go.
South African companies have raised R12 million in cash and goods to assist in West Africa’s Ebola response but experts warn that more resources are needed as crucial diagnostics cost R10,000 per day.
The spread and severity of the West African Ebola epidemic is due to a lack of basic public health infrastructure, according to World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan.
Medecines Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor South African Stefan Kruger recently touched down in the eye of the Ebola storm where entire households are being erased from their family trees by the disease.
In just days, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) will deploy a high tech mobile lab to assist West African countries in combating the Ebola outbreak. The move comes as South Africa and the region continues to prepare for possible cases.