The Manitoba government will send $100,000 in aid to combat the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa, Premier Greg Selinger said in a statement today.
The money will also go to families who’ve been afflicted by the deadly virus.
The announcement came as about 60 Sierra Leoneans and supporters held a rally at the Legislative Building today to raise awareness about the epidemic hitting their country and others in West Africa. The province said it would contribute towards fighting the outbreak, the worst ever of the disease in history.
"Manitobans are known for their kindness and generosity, particularly in the face of tragedy," Selinger said. "Those who are afflicted with this terrible virus are isolated from their friends and family in their time of need and Manitoba, along with the international community, must do what we can to help the medical community and the aid workers on the front lines to fight this epidemic."
The province also said the World Health Organization has appealed to the global community for additional aid measures.
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 said it is working with the Manitoba Council for International Co-operation (MCIC) to ensure the funding is used to meet the most urgent needs of the international-aid community.
UNICEF, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada and World Relief Canada are among several aid agencies in West Africa. They will apply for the funding through MCIC in order to direct the resources to the areas most in need.