Date
26 September 2017
A medical worker in protective clothing washes their gloves in chlorine at a treatment facility run by Doctors Without Borders in Kailahun in Sierra Leone on Monday. Photo: AFP
A medical worker in protective clothing washes their gloves in chlorine at a treatment facility run by Doctors Without Borders in Kailahun in Sierra Leone on Monday. Photo: AFP

Malaysia donates 20 mln gloves to fight Ebola

Malaysia plans to donate more than 20 million protective rubber gloves to African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

“Malaysia can make a unique and vital contribution to the fight against Ebola because we are one of the biggest manufacturers of rubber gloves,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement.

“We hope this contribution will prevent the spread of Ebola and save lives,” he added.

The country produces about 60 percent of the world’s supply of rubber gloves.

A shortage of protective equipment has been cited as one of the factors contributing to the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 2,400 people this year, BBC News reported.

The gloves will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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