Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Prime Minister of Denmark is going to start an official visit to Sierra Leone. This is planned to take place on Monday. Since Ebola outbreak began in Africa and killed citizens from many African nations, Western country leaders ceased to pay visits to this continent. Now Helle Thorning-Schmidt is going to be the first important leader of a Western country who visits one of these states or even the African continent.
Speaking about the Ebola outbreak she said that this is still a disease which kills people in the countries of Africa. The prime minister stated about finding a proper solution to the situation. Furthermore, she declared that cooperation and mutual help is the key to put the disease under control. She added that this is a struggle that lasted for a long time. Although Denmark is placed in a different part of the world, it is important that similar countries from other continents should offer their support and solidarity with the West African countries affected by this disease.
The trip in West Africa will have on the prime minister’s agenda a visit to nineteen Danish workers in health care. These people were deployed in the region to provide help for maintaining the Ebola outbreak under control. The Danish health workers undergo their mission in Port Loko, a northeastern town of the country. They work at a center for Ebola to develop a treatment for the disease.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt has another scheduled visit to a transport ship under Danish flag. The ship brought to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia vehicles from the United Nations. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia are the West African countries who suffered the worst from the deadly virus of Ebola. 99 percent of the disaster registered because of Ebola took place in these three countries.
The first case was reported in Dec 2013. Since that moment, over 8,500 deaths were reported in these three African countries. The number of the total cases roams around 21,000. David Nabarro, the United Nations coordinator for the Ebola containment sector stated that the crisis has already reached its peaks and signs say the outbreak is going to end. The Ebola virus was fought with the effort and determination of workers in health care and the widespread cooperation among people.
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