Kenya pledges $1mn to fight Ebola in West Africa

September 9, 2014 11:33 am
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Making the pledge on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the donation is in line with Kenya's foreign policy on African solidarity/FILE
Making the pledge on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the donation is in line with Kenya’s foreign policy on African solidarity/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Kenya will donate Sh87 million to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Making the pledge on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the donation is in line with Kenya’s foreign policy on African solidarity.

“Standing in solidarity with our African brothers and sisters during times of adversity is part of our foreign policy,” President Kenyatta said.

He assured that border surveillance will continue to ensure Kenyans are protected from Ebola.

The Head of State has previously stated that Kenya will not abandon the West African states that have been affected by Ebola.

The pledge came as the World Health Organization warned that Liberia is set to see a huge spike in infections from the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, with thousands of new cases imminent.

The UN agency said the country, worst-hit in the outbreak with almost 1,100 deaths, faced “many thousands” of new infections in the next three weeks.

“WHO and its director-general will continue to advocate for more Ebola treatment beds in Liberia and elsewhere, and will hold the world accountable for responding to this dire emergency with its unprecedented dimensions of human suffering,” it said in a statement.

The deadliest Ebola epidemic the world has ever seen is spreading across west Africa, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the worst affected.

The death toll has topped 2,000, out of nearly 4,000 people infected.

Key development partners trying to help Liberia respond to the outbreak “need to prepare to scale up their current efforts by three to four-fold,” the WHO said.

The countries bearing the brunt of the epidemic are among the world’s poorest, with dilapidated medical infrastructures buckling under the strain.

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