Spain’s health minister ‘demoted’ over Europe’s first Ebola case

LAST UPDATED: 10 Oct, 2014 @ 16:18
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Spain’s health minister ‘demoted’ over Europe’s first Ebola case

SPAIN’S health minister Ana Mato has been ‘demoted’ as a result of allowing Ebola to reach Europe.

The establishment of a special Ebola committee to deal with the situation – headed by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria – will see Mato playing a less public role.

“This is a flexible council and we will be able to bring in more people, more experts,” said Saenz de Santamaria.

“We believe this is the best time to create this commission because our task, and that of Spain’s regions, is to work in the most coordinated fashion possible.”

The committee’s priority will be to reinforce information given to the public, because the illness is little known.

“Our task is to let people know how you get Ebola and how you don’t,” she added.

Spain’s major opposition party, the Socialist PSOE, suggested the move to set up the committee.

Protest groups across Spain have been demanding the resignation of Ana Mato over her handling of the Ebola situation in Madrid.

A Spanish nurse was admitted to the Carlos III hospital in Madrid on Monday.

Teresa Romero Ramos contracted the virus while treating two expatriated missionaries, who both died just days after being brought back into the country.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has visited the hospital, and warned of a ‘complex and difficult’ situation.

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