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Japan to deliver humanitarian cargo to Ebola-hit Africa by Self-Defence Forces' aircraft

November 28, 2014, 7:46 UTC+3 TOKYO
At least 700,000 protective clothing will be airlifted to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali
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TOKYO, November 28. /TASS/. Japan pledges to airlift 700,000 protective clothing for health workers fighting against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Friday.

Japan will airlift the humanitarian cargo by aircraft of the national Self-Defence Forces, he said.

Thus, Tokyo is set to boost its efforts as earlier Japan used only civil planes for delivering the relief aid.

“At least 700,000 protective clothing will be airlifted to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali,” Suga said adding that the Self-Defence Forces will airlift part of the cargo to Ghana’s capital Accra, where the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is located.

“The exact date for the humanitarian aid dispatch has not been determined yet,” the Japanese chief cabinet secretary said.

In early October Tokyo pledged to provide $22 million for the fight against the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. Japan has granted the virus-hit countries with medicines and clothing for health workers.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report that the death toll of the Ebola virus outbreak climbed to 5,700 and over 16,000 people are infected.

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are hit the hardest by the deadly viral disease, the spread of which in some parts of West Africa remains unabated so far.

The Ebola virus can be transmitted from person to person through a direct contact (through injured skin or mucous membranes) or with objects contaminated with the virus. The Ebola virus disease, previously known as the Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe illness in humans, often fatal, according to the WHO.

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