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Official details donations in battle against Ebola

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan has donated funds and equipment to help its allies in west Africa combat the Ebola outbreak in the region, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.

More than 15,000 people in west Africa are believed to have contracted the Ebola virus, and more than 5,400 have died over the past few months.

New cases have hit Mali.

Burkina Faso and Sao Tome and Principe — both allies —have sought help, Department of West Asian and African Affairs Deputy Director-General Alexandre Cheng (鄭維) said.

Taiwan has donated four body temperature scanners for the airport in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, Cheng said.

“We also donated US$20,000 to Sao Tome and Principe in September” to train airport and port staff and medical workers, as well as boost public awareness, he said.

“So far, there have been no Ebola cases reported in those two countries, but we will continue to monitor developments,” he said.

Taiwan also donated protective gear last week through a program with the US, the ministry said, sending 100,000 coveralls and 100,000 masks to Senegal.

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