A new contribution of 89 million, brings the total Norwegian support to combating Ebola to in excess of 184 million NOK.
– The situation is critical in Ebola affected countries in West Africa. The outbreak is still accelerating faster than the response. It needed a dramatic and rapid scale-up of efforts and the outbreak must be stopped, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende.
– The health sector has equipment and personnel support can be made available. We are now in partnership with the UN, and others involved, to identify what is the most helpful contribution, says Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie.
Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide also said that they can provide airlift support to transport personnel and equipment if needed.
– We have signed an agreement for the use of civilian air ambulance from the United States and other medical evacuation of Norwegian citizens with suspected or infected with Ebola. Efforts continue intensely with the establishment of a back-up solution for the use of C-130 Hercules for medical evacuation, says she.
With the new funding, Norway doubles support for efforts against Ebola. The total Norwegian aid now amounts to 184,200,000 NOK.
Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice and Ministry in the last week prepared measures to meet the Ebola outbreak, including when it comes to medical evacuation and relief efforts in West Africa.
The grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make it possible to set both personnel and equipment available to the efforts in West Africa. Part of the funding will also be provided in the form of financial support to the UN, the Red Cross and other NGOs.
Isolation place at Oslo University Hospital will also be used, if there is any need for treatment ofinternational assistance personnel.