King of Saudi Arabia allocated $ 35 mln to fight Ebola
These funds will help implement the program, aimed at opening of specialized medical centers in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Mali.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud has granted $ 35 mln to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the Islamic Development Bank.
President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali said that the program to combat Ebola, initiated by the King is now conducted by the IDB and provides schools, airports, railway stations and bus stations with thermal sensors and medical diagnostic equipment for detection of the disease and the use of timely treatment.
Besides, the allocated funds will help establish specialized treatment centers in each of the three countries (Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia) to work with patients in schools, hospitals, public transport and in crowded public places where contamination is more likely to occur. The alleged patients will be diagnosed in these centers, and, if necessary, will be subject to specialized treatment.
The specialized treatment center will be opened in Mali, where the outbreak of Ebola was recorded, but not yet widespread. The centre will assist the local health authorities of the country in the fight against the potential epidemics in the future.
IDB President stressed that the aid is a grant, and expressed confidence that the supply of the equipment will speed up the opening of schools in these countries, strengthen the institutional and medical infrastructure to combat the epidemic, and any other potential epidemics in the future.
According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data, the number of victims of the disease caused by the Ebola virus reached 8 220 people, 207,126 were infected.