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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, Donates 35 Million Dollars To Ebola Fight

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has granted $35 million to
fight Ebola in an effort to slow a death toll which has
reached nearly 6,400, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
said Thursday.
The grant will provide schools in West Africa with heat
sensors and medical equipment to help prevent and treat
the illness, Ahmed Mohamed Ali, president of the Jeddah-
based IDB, said in a statement.
Similar equipment will be provided at airports and other
terminals, said the IDB, which will implement the project.
It said the funds will also help to establish specialized
treatment centers in the most affected countries — Sierra
Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
Another treatment centre will be set up in Mali, where six
people have died from Ebola.
Ali said the equipment will speed up the opening of schools
in affected countries and bolster health and other
infrastructure, “thus saving thousands of lives and
ensuring the safety of those at risk of contamination”.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization reported
17,942 cases of the virus across eight countries as of
December 7, with 6,388 deaths.
Saudi Arabia is the major shareholder of the Jeddah-based
IDB.

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