UN dolled out $15m to fight Ebola in Guinea, DRC

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As the fresh outbreak of the dreaded Ebola virus continue to rock Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo, $15 million has been released by the United Nations to tackle the virus in both countries of Africa.

The fund released, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr Mark Lowcock, is a rapid response from the organisation’s Central Emergency Response Fund.

The UN spokesman, Mr Stephane Dujarric is reported to have quoted Lowcock stating that the fund is to help Guinea and DR Congo to tackle the outbreak and in preparedness for other neighboring countries in Africa.

Stephane said, “Detailed allocation decisions will be made in the next few days as we receive more details about specific requirements and needs on the ground.”

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Ebola whose first case in Africa was reported about 4 years ago between 2013 to 2016, claiming about 11,300 lives across Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and other African countries, resurgent in Guinea February 14.

The death of a woman on Feb. 7 in the northern province of Kivu, marked the 12th and latest outbreak in Congo. This is after the World Health Organization had cleared the outbreak in Congo in 2020, warning that Africans should be exceptionally vigilant as it poses great threat to the continent.

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