The Ghanaian Air Force has begun airlifting food and humanitarian supplies to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia as part of Ghana’s response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
According to an article posted on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation website, President Mahama, who is currently touring the three countries announced the donation and stated that Africans did not always have to wait for the developed world to come to Africa’s aid.
The donated food items included Ghanaian-produced rice, oil, cartons of milk and cocoa drinks.
President Mahama has said that the donated food will go to feed Ebola patients and people living within quarantine zones.
Ghana’s contribution is only one of a recent wave of commitments being made by governments in an attempt to slow down the Ebola epidemic, which will require a billion dollars to contain, according to the WHO.
Also on Tuesday, US officials announced that President Obama would be deploying up to 3000 troops to train health workers and build Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
Earlier this week, Malaysia pledged to send 20 million disposable gloves to West Africa whereas, Cuba pledged to send 165 health workers to West Africa last week.