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AfDB Allocates More Funds for Ebola Containment

August 29, 2014

Masahudu Kunateh



THE African Development Bank (AfDB) has donated $50 million to help in the fight against the Ebola disease in the West African sub-region.

Ghana's Deputy Health Minister, Dr Victor Bampoe disclosed the financial assistance after a conference of Health Ministers from Economic Community of West African States member countries.

According to him, West African nations had agreed to share resources beyond money to fight the disease which has claimed thousands of lives.

West African leaders and their Health Ministers met in Accra to further evaluate efforts being made to combat the deadly disease and also to proffer more effective solutions. A communiquÉ is to be released on recommendations made the meeting.

Bampoe indicated that notable among the recommendations to be outlined in the communiquÉ are; human resource support in affected countries and nations that are not affected and the strengthening of surveillance systems.

He said Ghana was taking the nation's preparedness level "very, very seriously" adding that government is due to receive 10 000 personal protective equipment.

The Deputy Health Minister said different member states were "doing their best to make sure that they provide resources to fight this disease and not to forget other development partners."

He remarked that Ghanaians "can comfortably accept that the fact that there is a lot of that going on right now" regarding public education about the disease.

The deadly Ebola virus has killed more than 1 500 people and despite efforts being made to contain the disease.

The World Health Organization has warned that 20 000 people are likely to be infected before the disease is brought under control.


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Source: AllAfrica


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