Motsoaledi: SA ready to fight Ebola

The minister said he has assembled the best specialists in their fields to handle Ebola-related matters.

FILE: Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has welcomed corporate South Africa's contribution to the fight against Ebola and has once again assured the public that the country is ready to handle a case in the country.

The minister was speaking in Centurion at the handing over ceremony of 17 motorcycles to countries in West Africa to help distribute medicine in Ebola-hit areas.

The current outbreak of Ebola is the worst on record. It has killed at least 5,177 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation.

Motsoaledi said he has assembled the best specialists in their fields to handle Ebola-related matters in South Africa.

"There is nobody in this country that is as well trained as the team I have got. Epidemiologists, virologists, pathologists and Emergency Medical Services and every step we take we get advice from them."

At the same time, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene earlier expressed concern about the impact the Ebola outbreak could have on economic growth in Africa.

"We are indeed concerned, it is for that reason that we actually led the inclusion of matters that relate to Ebola at the G20 level," Nene told reporters in Pretoria.

Leaders from the G20 group of nations met over the weekend and part of their discussions included practical measures of tackling Ebola.