Equatorial Guinea to provide $3 million toward Ebola fight

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Obiang Mbasogo, president of Equatorial Guinea, said during the opening session of the International Conference on Africa's Fight Against Ebola on Wednesday that his country would provide $3 million to assist countries impacted by the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

Mbasogo stated that Equatorial Guinea has spent approximately $13 million to combat the virus, including providing ambulances, thermographic cameras and ambulatory hospitals. The government also has purchased palliative drugs and laser thermometers to be used on Ebola patients.

In organizing and hosting the conference, Mbasogo hopes that African countries can adopt measures against the disease, and spur action and obtain help for the region.

"African countries should lead the efforts to find solutions to the problems that affect them," Mbasogo said. "We must act together in the absence of an effective treatment of this disease, because only with an agreement of solidarity can we help the affected countries."

Representing the African Union at the conference, Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe,  stressed that it is important that measures of surveillance be reinforced so that the outbreak does not spread. He also said that affected countries should have debts canceled as a means to normalize educational and agricultural sectors.

Multiple countries represented at the conference pledged economic support. From outside of the continent, China has pledged $5 million with an additional $2 million toward the African Union's Fund of the Fight Against Disease, and the U.S. pledged $6 million toward affected countries.

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African Union Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa

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