Thailand to offer 5 million baht of rice as aid to West Africa

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BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is offering to ship rice worth 5 million baht to West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak. 

The NCPO is extending its assistance through the World Health Organization (WHO) in a bid to provide humanitarian aid to Ebola patients.

WHO representative Dr. Yonas Tegegn has thanked the kingdom for its contributing to provide global aid for West Africa. The WHO earlier requested for assistance related to the outbreak of Ebola in the form of food supplies, medicine, and medical equipment.

According to UN reports, the Ebola outbreak is putting food harvests in West Africa at serious risk. A special alert has been raised for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three worst affected countries.

Medical professionals have also noted that the window is closing on containing the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, stressing that the outbreak will soon be a global problem.