Ontario to Spend $3-M on Fighting Ebola in West Africa

Ontario has announced its decision to spend $3 million to aid front-line aid workers fighting Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The announcement was made by Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, on Monday, when it was stated that $2 million would go to the Red Cross and another $1 million will be set aside for Médecins Sans Frontières to treat patients and train health workers.

Despite no Ebola cases in Canada so far, doctors and nurses in Ontario have been issued protective equipment and new guidelines put in place as a precaution. Premier Wynne mentioned in her remarks that “the threat is low here.” However, she stressed that “we know what a deep crisis it is for the people in West Africa so to help contain this unprecedented outbreak Ontario will support the emergency response in West Africa.” Furthermore, the Premier also insisted that Ontarians should match the government’s grant by donating money to the non-governmental organizations combating Ebola in Africa.

In addition to that, Ontario’s Health Minister Eric Hoskins pointed out that these funds will go a long way to help. He explained that “there’s an infrastructure in West Africa that unfortunately doesn’t come close to comparing with what we have here.” Meanwhile, the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada, Stephen Cornish, revealed that the money would help the charity fight in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Cornish stressed that “the collapse of the health care system we now have people afraid to go to the hospital” in many parts of West Africa. He added that“we have people who have simple diseases like malaria who are dying.”

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