MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - The authorities of Ebola-ridden Sierra Leone are counting on Russia's help in their struggle against the spread of the deadly virus, the Ambassador of Sierra Leone to Russia, John Sahr Yambasu said on Friday.
"Military, police, civil doctors – anybody who can help stop this disease," John Sahr Yambasu said in an interview with Govorit Moskva radio station, answering a question on what kind of help his country needs at the moment.
"We want countries like the Russian Federation, well-positioned countries to come, to send in teams," Yambasu said.
The diplomat noted that Sierra Leone will suffer the consequences of the current Ebola outbreak for years to come. " It is an unprecedented catastrophe in all areas. One year ago we were one of the fastest-developing countries in the world," Yambasu said, adding that currently schools and markets are closed and farming has stopped.
Earlier on Friday Russia forwarded proposals to the United Nations on helping the west African states hit by the deadly Ebola virus. A team of Russian epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists from Rospotrebnadzor is currently stationed in Guinea and, according to the Russian sanitary chief Anna Popova, Russia is considering sending more teams of healthcare workers to West Africa.
The most recent Ebola epidemic broke out in Guinea and spread out to the neighboring countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. According to the WHO, more than 4,000 people have lost their lives to Ebola.