Liberian minister praises US help in fight against Ebola; doctor dies in Guinea after being infected

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Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday praised US President Barack Obama’s decision to provide direct military assistance to West Africa, describing it as “a significant moment in the battle against Ebola.”
“Our American partners realise Liberia cannot defeat Ebola alone. This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis,” Sirleaf added.
Sirleaf’s response was read out by Liberia’s Information Minister Lewis Brown at a news conference in Monrovia.
Meanwhile in Guinea, a second doctor has died in as many days after contracting the Ebola virus.
Souleymane Diallo died on Tuesday night at the isolation centre at the Donka government hospital in Conakry.
Guinea’s Minister for Health, Colonel Remy Lama, met with a group of Russian doctors on Wednesday, who have brought a mobile laboratory to the Donka government hospital, where they will be testing blood samples for the Ebola virus.
With fears of the spread of Ebola continuing to rise, hotel owners have been disinfecting their rooms, fearing that some guests might be travelling with the disease.
As part of global efforts to help with the outbreak, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday it was preparing 127 million US dollars in zero-interest loans to the three African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The money would help the three governments deal with rising health and security expenses at a time when Ebola has damaged their economies and reduced tax revenue.
And on Tuesday, the World Bank approved a 105 million US dollar grant to finance efforts to contain Ebola.
The disease is believed to have killed at least 2,400 people in the biggest outbreak ever.

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