PUTRAJAYA – Malaysia will be sending some 20.9 million medical gloves to five African nations, which have been affected by the deadly Ebola virus.
The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement on Monday said Malaysia would sending 11 containers, each holding 1.9 million medical rubber gloves, for the purpose.
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will each receive three containers each while Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo will each receive one each, it said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak handed over the supplies to the countries’ representatives here Monday.
Among those present to receive the contribution from Najib were Nigeria’s High Commissioner, Bello Sheuhu Ringim, Guinea High Commissioner Dr Aloha Diallo and Republic of Congo Ambassador Francios Balumuene.
“Some of the affected countries have appealed for outside help in their battle against Ebola and medical experts have cited the shortage of medical rubber gloves as a key problem in combatting the outbreak,” the statement said.
The statement quoted a Malaysian government spokesperson as saying that the prime minister was concerned about the outbreak of Ebola and the lives it had claimed.
“Malaysia can make a unique and vital contribution to the fight against Ebola because we are one of the biggest manufacturers of rubber gloves.
We hope this contribution will prevent the spread of Ebola and save lives,” said the spokeperson.
A total of 13 companies have contributed to this cause. These companies sourced the raw materials from four plantations namely Sime Darby, Felda, Kuala Lumpur Kepong, Top Glove, IOI Group.
These medical rubber gloves will be transported from Port Klang to the respective main ports of each countries. – Bernama