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Japan govt to give $1.5 mil. to help fight Ebola

| International Cooperation Reports | 08/16/2014

Ebola Virus

Japan to give $1.5 mil. to help fight Ebola
Date: Aug 14, 2014
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government will give 1.5 million dollars in aid to help prevent an Ebola epidemic, with the money to be disbursed through the World Health Organization and other international bodies.

Officials at the Foreign Ministry said the grant will pay for antiseptics and protective gear for medical personnel treating Ebola patients in West Africa.

It will also fund education programs to teach local residents how to contain the outbreak.

Japan offered about 520,000 dollars as grant-in-aid to tackle the outbreak in Guinea in April. It plans to continue such assistance.

World Health Organization officials say the number of Ebola patients is rising in West African countries including Guinea and Sierra Leone. They say 1,069 people have been confirmed dead or are suspected to have died from the disease.

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