King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has donated a whopping US$35 million to help fight the deadly virus of Ebola in West Africa.
Dr Ahmed Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), who disclosed the information to the press last week said the donation comprises the following elements:
Provide schools with thermal sensors and medical examination equipment designed to diagnose the disease, to facilitate its treatment and prevent its spread.
The equipment will allow governments to open schools for the current academic year. Pupils will be examined at entry to ensure they have not contracted the disease, to reassure parents about the safety of their children at school.
Provide thermal sensors and medical examination equipment at airports, railway stations and bus stations to diagnose the disease and ensure early treatment.
Establish a specialised treatment centre in each of the three endemic countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, designed to serve suspected cases in schools, hospitals and public transport, and wherever contamination is likely to occur in crowded conditions.
Suspected cases will be received in these centres for further medical tests before they are referred for specialised treatment if necessary.
Establish a specialised treatment centre in Mali where Ebola appears to have broken out but is not widespread. The centre will help the country’s health authorities cope with potential epidemics in the future.
Dr Ali emphasised that the kind donation made by the Saudi King will further boost the Islamic world efforts in supporting the international fight against Ebola.
The equipment financed by this donation will speed up the opening of schools in the countries concerned, reinforce the institutional and health infrastructure to fight the current epidemic and any potential epidemics in the future, he added.
The virus has so far killed more than 7 000 people and infected about 30 000.