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Denmark adds to its Ebola contributions

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Denmark adds to its Ebola contributions
Development Minister Mogens Jensen (right) announced the new contribution after meeting with Ghanaian President John Mahama (left) in Copenhagen. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix
15:46 CEST+02:00
Denmark will contribute ten million kroner to help Ghana serve as a regional leader in the fight to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.
The development and trade minister, Mogens Jensen, announced on Tuesday that Denmark will contribute an additional ten million kroner ($1.7 million) to Ghana to combat the Ebola virus. 
 
Jensen made the announcement after a meeting with Ghanaian President John Mahama at the Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen. 
 
“We are strengthening Ghana’s emergency health services so that we can contain the spread of Ebola more effectively, Jensen said in a press release. 
 
“The Ebola epidemic in west Africa is the largest outbreak in the history of the disease. The situation is developing day by day. We have to attack from all angles in order to get the epidemic under control as quickly as possible,” he added. 
 
With the new contribution, Denmark has donated a total of 74 million kroner toward the efforts to contain Ebola, including a total of 20 million kroner to Ghana alone. Ghana has thus had no recorded infections of Ebola but the country serves as a vital hub for regional efforts. 
 
Mahama is the head of the regional bloc Ecowas Commission, which is taking a leading role in the outbreak. ON Tuesday, he told the BBC that vital supplies have started to reach Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola epidemic. 
 
“Vehicles, motorcycles and other means of transport are going in there. There's more protective clothing being provided. But there's no need for us to duplicate each other and have more treatment centres when we do not have volunteers and health workers to treat the people in the treatment centres,” Mahama said. 
 
The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people, primarily in the three west African countries. 
 
Denmark has had a handful of recent Ebola scares, but all have proven to be false alarms. 
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