Egypt sends Ebola-stricken countries financial and medical aid
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7/Ahmed Maarouf

CAIRO: Egypt will send financial and medical aid to Ebola-stricken countries, the Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.

During an emergency meeting of the African Union Executive Council over the Ebola outbreak held Monday in Addis Ababa, Egypt announced that the Egyptian Partnership Agency for Development would provide Sierra Leone with 100,000 EGP ($13,981), and Guinea and Liberia each 150,000 EGP, the statement added. An additional 150,000 EGP would be donated to Liberia in laboratory equipment aid.

“Egypt noted in the meeting that the outbreak of the Ebola virus in a number of African countries highlighted the vulnerability of public health systems and the need for more care of the public health,” the statement read.

The Ministry of Health warned Egyptians from travelling to West Africa Aug.5, and stated that Egypt was still free from the virus.

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma called in the meeting on member states to “to craft a united, comprehensive and collective response to the Ebola outbreak that has so far affected a number of countries in West Africa,” in to a statement posted on the AU website.

Nigeria, The Gambia, and Botswana have also donated funds, while Malawi, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have sent medical personnel to the affected countries,  the statement added.

Ebola causes a haemorrhagic fever and can be transmitted to humans from wild animals, and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission, according to the World Health Organizations.

WHO has declared an international public health emergency, and stated Aug. 31 that at least 1,841 people had died from Ebola in the three affected countries.

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