WINNIPEG—The Manitoba government will be providing $100,000 in aid to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and to help the people and families who have been afflicted.
Premier Greg Selinger says Manitobans are known for their kindness and generosity in the face of tragedy.
He says those who are afflicted with the virus are isolated from their friends and family in their time of need and Manitoba must do what it can to help.
The World Health Organization has appealed to the world community for additional aid measures and United States President Barak Obama has recently called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the growing crisis.
The province is working with the Manitoba Council for International Co-operation to ensure the funding is used to meet the most urgent and immediate needs of the international-aid community working on the front lines of the epidemic.
Groups such as UNICEF, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Relief Canada, among others who are on the ground in West Africa, will apply for the funding through MCIC in order to direct the resources to the areas that are most in need.