India to contribute $12 million to fight Ebola

New Delhi: India announced it will contribute $12 million to the UN to help it fight the deadly Ebola virus in the African continent on Thursday.

The contribution was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi just ahead of his departure to the US where he will address the 69th session of UN General Assembly in New York on September 27.

“India to contribute $10 million to UN Secretary General’s Fund for Ebola, Additional $2 million for purchase of protective gear to tackle Ebola,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said.

Ebola virus hit the African continent earlier this year and has killed nearly 2,200 people in several countries there.

The UN Security Council has also declared the outbreak of the virus in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security”.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon had described the situation arising out of spread of Ebola virus in the African continent as “unprecedented” and had announced setting up of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to put in place an effective response mechanism.

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