20,000 sets of Ebola protective gear arrive from Japan

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Ebola health care workers in Sierra Leone. UNifeed video capture.

The first batch of 20,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment for health workers battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa arrived in Ghana from Japan on Monday.

The equipment has been provided by the Japanese government as part of the efforts against the deadly virus which has killed over 6,000 people mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric says the consignment was received by the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) at the official handover ceremony in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

"The fight against Ebola got a boost today with the arrival of 20,000 sets of Personal Protective Equipment from the Japan Disaster Relief Team. This is the first batch of 700,000 of such equipment committed by the Government of Japan to the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The equipment should help provide critical protection to healthcare workers in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali." (26")

The head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury thanked the Government of Japan for the equipment and stressed the need for continued contributions from partners around the world to keep up the fight against Ebola.

Meanwhile, the peacekeeper from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), who tested positive for the Ebola Virus Disease on 3 December, was on Saturday evacuated from the US-run Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia to the Netherlands.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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