WORLD › NEWS
Nigeria Gives Aid To Liberia In Fight Against Ebola Disease
According to China's Xinhua news agency Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan made the announcement at the 45th summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in the Ghanaian capital city of Accra.
The donation was in response to the launch of a special fund at the summit to deal with the deadly disease.
It brings the total donations by Nigeria to US$3.5 million, including those to Guinea, Sierra Leone, the West African Health Organisation (WHAO) and the ECOWAS Pool Fund against Ebola.
In Liberia, 87 deaths have been reported among the 131 suspected and confirmed cases, Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai told the meeting.
In the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 844 cases linked to Ebola have been reported and 518 deaths occurred so far, Director General of the WAHO Xavier Crespin said at the meeting.
About US$15 million will be needed to fight Ebola given the scale of the crisis in the three countries and to prevent the virus from spreading to other West African nations, Crespin said.
There is still no cure for the Ebola virus, which has an incubation period between two and 21 days and a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent.
The virus was first discovered in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), taking its name from the Ebola River where the DRC outbreak was found in a nearby village.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the disease, formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, as "a severe, often fatal illness" and "one of the world's most virulent diseases."
news coverage in our Newswire service.
Previous Top Stories
Other News Headlines
- Abdul Khalid Says Respects PKR's Decision To Nominate Wan Azizah To Be Next MB- politic
- Bank Negara' International Reserves At RM423.8 Billion- business
- Piya Denies Moving To Felda United Next Season- sports
- Designer Handbags Make Great Investment Pieces- features
- Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla Win Indonesia's 2014 Presidential Election- world
Most Read News
Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia,
Wisma BERNAMA,No 28, Jalan 1/65A,
Off Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel : 603-2693 9933 ( General Line )
E-mel : firstname.lastname@example.org
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form except with the prior written permission of BERNAMA.
Best viewed in Firefox 8.0 & Internet Explorer 8.0 with 1024 x 768 resolution