Malaysia to help Ebola affected Countries
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, who attended “The Global Health Security Agenda Conference” at the White House said Malaysia is in the midst of exploring the possibility of sending medical experts to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, says. The conference was officiated by United States President Barack Obama.
He said the matter needed further consideration and approval by the Cabinet, adding that Malaysia had committed to donate 20.6 million medical rubber gloves to the five affected countries and this is in the process of being transported to the affected countries. Malaysia is sending 11 containers, each holding 1.9 million medical rubber gloves to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Congo, the worst affected countries where more than 3,000 people have died, so far.
Dr Subramaniam said in his address before the ministers and senior officials from 44 countries, that Malaysia was also exploring how it could extend further assistance to the affected nations to assist them in controlling the epidemic. “Let us together, put an end to this cruel scourge,” he said, adding that the global health security agenda was a praiseworthy agenda to prepare the long term competence of nations to handle and manage outbreak and virulent disease if they were to occur.
He said Malaysia had supported this initiative since its commencement and this was reflected by the fact that the country was the leading country in the Action Package pertaining to Emergency Operations Centre, along with Turkey.”We have been involved in the processes of building the capacity needed to set up the Emergency Operations Centre in Malaysia and we hope to share this expertise with other countries in our region, and even globally,” he added.
President Obama d the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “national security priority” for the United States, issued a challenge to inventors and entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide to design better protective solutions for frontline health workers.”If you design them, we will make them. We will pay for them. And our goal is to get them to the field in a matter of months to help the people working in West Africa right now. I’m confident we can do this,” he said.