Israel Draws UN Praise for Its Role in Ebola Fight

Ban Ki-Moon thanks Israel for helping combat the disease in Sierra Leone and Liberia and training staff in Ethiopia and Cameroon to prevent further spread.

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Ban Ki-moon, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012.
Ban Ki-moon, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012.Credit: PMO

Israel received kudos from the UN secretary general for its work to prevent the spread of Ebola, the Walla Hebrew-language news site reported Monday.

Ban Ki-Moon thanked Israel in a letter sent to Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, for Israel's commitment to joining the global fight against Ebola, both through its contribution of anti-Ebola medications to Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to Walla.

Ban also thanked Israel for providing critical support to making the rest of the continent prepared by sending medical equipment and infectious disease experts to Ethiopia and Cameroon to run training sessions in those countries. The secretary general was happy and very positive news. He said that Israel's contribution would fill a significant role in amplifying the quality and availability of treatment for infected victims.

The secretary general noted that the road ahead remains long in every regard to the struggle against Ebola, as well as to the rehabilitation of the affected countries, Wall reported. He added that he was sure he could rely on Israel's support.

Ebola has claimed some 5,000 victims so far, almost exclusively in Africa, and UN officials fear a further spread of the disease.

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