More Danish aid to help battle Ebola epidemic

October 21st, 2014

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The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, has announced Denmark will provide an additional 10 million kroner of aid to assist Ghana in its efforts to prevent the ongoing Ebola epidemic in west Africa from spilling across its borders.

Jensen met with the president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, during the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) currently being held in Copenhagen this week.

“We are strengthening Ghana's health-emergency preparedness so we can quell the spread of Ebola more effectively,” Jensen said in a press release.

“We must play on all tangents to bring this epidemic to its knees as quickly as possible, and the international community must help the national health systems, NGOs and volunteers treat those infected.”

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74 million and counting
The health system of Ghana is considered more robust than the Ebola-stricken nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and Ghana's government has established the first of four planned isolation centres in the nation's four largest cities.

But despite this, it is uncertain whether Ghana will be able to absorb an epidemic as well as Nigeria, which has gone 42 days with no new cases, and Jensen maintains it is therefore essential to strengthen the nation's Ebola Preparedness Plan.

With the latest aid donation, Denmark has now given 74 million kroner to help tackle the ongoing Ebola crisis in west Africa.


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