World rallies to fight Ebola
The Liberian Ambassador to South Africa, Lois Brutus, says various non-governmental organisations and governments from all over the world have been supportive of the continent since Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) broke out in West Africa.
She said African countries have also sent monetary and non-monetary donations to Liberia and other affected countries as a means of showing support.
“The government of the Republic of South Africa has also committed to send a number of medical supplies, medical doctors and NGOs to Western African countries,” she said.
Brutus was speaking at a media briefing on Friday in Kempton Park. She was joined by other ambassadors and South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi following a meeting they had on the Ebola Response Fund, which was set up by South Africa to mobilise the business community to make donations to affected countries in West Africa.
Brutus said while support was a bit slow in the beginning, it has since gained momentum.
“The world has recognised that the virus is an epidemic and a threat to global security,” she said.
She said the South African government has been very active in making people aware of the virus.
A military group from America is also in Liberia to help hospitals in that country to contain EVD.
The Guinea Ambassador to South Africa, Mamadi Camara, said his country has also received a lot of support from South Africa and other countries across the globe, including hospital equipment and monetary support.
“People are still dying in our country. What we need is massive and fast support to save lives,” he said.
Minister Motsoaledi said while South Africa has not banned people from travelling to countries in West Africa, they are closely monitoring developments around travelling.
“We have received about 869 applications and only two of them were declined. All the others were allowed to travel to these countries,” he said.
The Minister said there are still no Ebola infections in South Africa. He stressed, however, that health care workers stand ready to deal with any case of infection.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting a number of countries in West Africa. Just over 4 000 people are reported to have been killed by the virus. – SAnews.gov.za