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U.S. to Provide $75m to Expand Ebola Treatment Centers

ASSOCIATED PRESS   in 
September 7, 2014

Monrovia – The American aid agency announced on Thursday it would donate $75m to fund 1 000 more beds in Ebola treatment centres in Liberia and buy 130 000 more protective suits for health care workers.

West Africa’s struggling health systems have buckled under the pressure of an Ebola outbreak that has already killed about 1 900 people.

Nurses in Liberia are wearing rags over their heads to protect themselves from the dreaded disease, amid concerns that shortages of protective gear throughout the region are responsible for the high Ebola death toll among health workers.

The US Agency for International Development also urged American health care workers to respond to the outbreak.

Rajiv Shah, the agency’s administrator, told The Associated Press that several hundred more international experts are needed and the agency will help send Americans health care workers there.

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