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Taiwan offers to help West Africa fight Ebola outbreak

Taiwan offers to help West Africa fight Ebola outbreak

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that Taiwan is planning to donate 100,000 items of protective clothing and US$1 million in cash to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The government will also dispatch medical experts to the region to support international efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, Ma said during a meeting with Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, who is in Taiwan to attend Oct. 10 Republic of China National Day celebrations. Ma pointed out that the latest Ebola outbreak has killed thousands of people in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and is likely to continue to expand. As Burkina Faso is also located in West Africa, Taiwan has provided funds and protective gear to its diplomatic ally to strengthen the country's disease control and prevention mechanism, he said, adding that the government will be happy to continue its cooperation with Burkina Faso to prevent the spread of the virus. On a project to provide solar-powered LED lighting to school children in Burkina Faso, which is facing an electricity shortage, Ma said the government will increase its sponsorship for the project from 500,000 euros to 2 million euros because Taiwan puts a premium on education. Ma recalled that during his last visit to Burkina Faso in January, teachers at a local school told him that students had made significant progress in their tests because the lighting allowed them to study at home, even at night. (By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-08-03 02:53 GMT+08:00