Ireland to fund Sierra Leone's ambulance, burial teams to fight Ebola

January 3, 2015 9:56 am 

DUBLIN, Jan 3 — ireland on Friday announced additional government funding to fight the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

In a statement, Ireland's Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said additional 778,000 euros will support Ebola crisis workers to manage, maintain and fuel a fleet of ambulances and burial vehicles in twelve of Sierra Leone's fourteen districts.

Approximately 5 million people across the twelve districts will benefit from the program, which will address a need identified by Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Center, he said.

This brings Ireland's total contribution in the affected countries in West Africa to over 18 million euros in 2014, he added.

This includes more than 5 million euros for Ebola treatment facilities in Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as for contact-tracing, community sensitisation and child nutrition programs, among other activities, according to Flanagan.

The specter of Ebola is still haunting West Africa, with the World Health Organization (WHO) saying that the virus has killed 7, 588 people worldwide out of 19,497 confirmed cases. (PNA/Xinhua)



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