Namibia donates N$11 million to Ebola affected countries

WINDHOEK; The Government of the Republic of Namibia has contributed N.dollars 11 million to West African countries affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.

A media statement issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology on Tuesday said Namibia is heeding the call made by the African Union (AU) to its member states and the international community for contributions in cash or kind to assist its fight against the Ebola outbreak in some West African countries.

Nearly 5 000 people have been sickened by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal since the virus first broke out in March this year.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it anticipates that this figure could rise to more than 20 000.

At least 2 400 people have died of Ebola since the beginning of the outbreak, with Liberia bearing the brunt of the fatalities.

Namibia’s contribution will be availed to the affected countries through WHO to the African Public Health Emergency fund for the containment of the outbreak in the African Union countries.

The WHO has estimated that it could end up costing nearly US.dollars 1 billion (around N.dollars 6.6 billion) to contain the crisis.

The AU is also sending a team of health workers and other specialist to help tackle the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa under its operation AU support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA).

The statement furthermore noted that Cabinet has approved a US.dollars 1 million (N.dollars 6.6 million) humanitarian solidarity contribution to the people of Palestine in the Gaza strip that were displaced and rendered homeless by the Gaza war.

The 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants ended on 26 August after killing more than 2 100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, 67 of them soldiers.