TOKYO, JAPAN- Delivering on its pledge made to that United Nations to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to Ebola infected countries in West Africa as its contribution “to secure the safety of medical staff”, through Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan is dispatching 700,000 PPE to West Africa within days.
According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the personal protective equipment was donated to help fight the Ebola outbreak in response to request made by the four infected West African countries- Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Mali.
The Foreign Ministry of Japan says 20,000 out of the 700,000 personal protective equipment will be flown to Accra, Ghana- headquarters United Nations Mission foe Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) of within few days time through Japan Disaster Relief and will be transported by the country’s military (Self Defense Force) aircraft and would by distributed by UNMEER to countries with the Ebola outbreak.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the government of Japan will provide funding to international organizations for the distribution of the PPE equipment. The Foreign Ministry also disclosed that Japan has so far contributed USD 145 million towards the fight of Ebola and promises more future assistance at about USD 100 million.