Ontario is providing $3 million to help front-line responders contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is encouraging the public to match the donation.
The government is providing $1 million to Médecins Sans Frontières, and another $2 million to the Red Cross to support these organizations’ efforts to treat patients in affected countries, train staff, raise awareness and prevent further transmission.
“On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to express our profound gratitude for the brave and dedicated work that international aid workers and health care personnel in West Africa are doing on the front lines of this humanitarian crisis,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health. “These workers have sacrificed so much to do what comes so naturally to them – caring for the health and safety of those in need. This contribution will help them continue that important and courageous work.”
The current Ebola outbreak, which began in West Africa in March 2014, is unprecedented. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern on August 8, 2014.
Ontario has already taken a number of steps to ensure the province’s readiness in dealing with any potential cases of Ebola. This includes asking the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health to issue a directive to health care employers regarding both personal protection equipment and protocols to ensure that front-line health care workers are protected.