Via Xinhua: Chinese Ebola doctors to leave for Africa. Excerpt:
Chinese disease control experts will leave for three West African nations affected by Ebola on Sunday evening and Monday, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) said on Sunday.
The NHFPC announced on Saturday that China will send three expert teams and medical supplies to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to assist the prevention and control of the Ebola virus.
Flights carrying medical supplies, mostly for personal protection, disinfection and treatment, have already taken off on Sunday afternoon, said an NHFPC source.
Each medical team will be composed of one epidemiologist and two specialists in disinfection and protection from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) and other institutions.
Chinese experts will help train local medical workers and assist Chinese embassies in these countries to distribute medical supplies, said Sun Hui, a member of the medical teams.
They will also help Chinese nationals in those countries to strengthen disease prevention and control, he said.
Three Chinese medical teams are already working in the three African nations. The new experts will also train their staff and work with them to help local doctors, Sun said.
This will be the first time that China has offered assistance to foreign countries in response to a public health emergency.