The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has pledged $35 million to support countries fighting the Ebola disease.
The General Manager of the Bank, Dr. Ahmed Mouhamed Ali, made the pledge at the opening of an anti-Ebola ministerial meeting of Mano River Union countries that kicked off in the Guinean capital Conakry Monday.
The meeting brought together representatives from the Mano River Union member countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are also the hardest hit Ebola countries.
According to a dispatch from Conakry, Guinea, the meeting was also graced by officials of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the Guinean International Cooperation Minister, Dr Moustapha Koutoub Sanoh and the Secretary General of the Mano River bloc, Dr Kaba Hadja Saran Kaba as well as heads of delegations from Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The dispatch said after the opening ceremony, a close-door meeting between the Guinean head of state Alpha Conde and the IDB officials will take place to discuss the Ebola situation in the three affected countries and sign some accords of support.
According to the latest figures of the World Health Organization (WHO) some 8,235 people out of the 20,747 infected have already succumbed to the deadly virus.