Supplies delivered to West Africa in response to Ebola

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Ebola response: medical supplies, including protective equipment and essential medicine, are loaded onto trucks at the Lungi International Airport in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. Photo: UNICEF/Sulaiman Stephens

Humanitarian supplies and equipment are being delivered to the countries affected by the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to a UN spokesperson.

On Wednesday morning a German aircraft arrived in Accra, Ghana.

It will be loaded with cargo which is due to be delivered to Sierra Leone and Guinea later this week.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that this is being done under the coordination of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, (UNMEER) which is based in Accra.

"Items include high-energy biscuits for people affected by the crisis and infrastructure equipment to set up the logistics chain for future aid delivery. A flight from the World Food Programme is also en route to Liberia carrying 58 metric tons of supplies, including water tanks, washing units and generators. In Liberia, at the request of the government and the World Health Organization, the World Food Programme is doing groundwork for four Ebola Treatment Units in Monrovia with a total of 400 beds. Construction of two of the centres is expected to be completed by this weekend." (28")

Eight thousand cases of the disease have been reported and over 4,000 people have died according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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