Egypt Sends Medical Aid to Ebola-Hit Guinea

Egypt on Saturday sent 3 tons of medicines and medical requirements to Guinea, west Africa’s most affected country by the deadly Ebola virus, in a bid to help it fight the disease.

Chargé d’affaires at the Egyptian embassy in the Guinean capital Conakry, Abdullah Attaleb, said the medical aid included protection eyeglasses, chlorine, special body bags, sanitized gloves and head covers.

“This donation is testament to the spirit of solidarity that prevails in Egypt’s relations with Guinea,” Attaleb said as he handed the aid to Guinean authorities.

Guinea’s International Cooperation Minister Moustapha Koutoub Sanoh said Guineans were contented to see a friend [Egypt] reaching out its hands to help them in an effective manner against the deadly disease.

So far, Ebola has killed 4,484 people in west Africa’s most affected three countries, namely Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to a World Health Organization report released on October 13.

A tropical fever that first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ebola can be transmitted to humans from wild animals. It can also spread through contact with the body fluids of infected persons or of those who have succumbed to the virus.

Source: World Bulletin