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India among top 5 financial contributors to Ebola response

India is among the top five contributers to the UN Ebola response with a contribution of $ 12.5 million, according to a fact sheet released by US Secretary of State John Kerry here.

The US with $ 113.8 million tops the list to the UN Ebola response. It is followed by the European Union ($ 55.5 million), Canada ($ 31.9 million), Netherlands (21 million) and India with $ 12.5 million.

At a joint news conference with British counterpart Philip Hammond, Kerry lamented that many nations have contributed to this global effort to fight the deadly disease.

The UN has identified $ 1 billion in urgent needs, he said.

“The World Bank has put in 22%. The USA has put in 11%. Private sector, 10%,” he said.

The fact sheet presented by him showed that India has contributed a little over 1%, to this.

“The fact is more countries can and must step up in order to make their contributions felt, and this chart tells the story.

Those are not enough countries to make the difference to be able to deal with this crisis,” he said in his presentation.

The UN, he said, is falling short of $ 300 million.

Experts say Ebola is transmitted by close contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is showing symptoms of infection such as fever, aches, vomiting and diarrhea, or who has recently died of the hemorrhagic virus.

The world’s largest outbreak of Ebola has killed 3,865 people out of 8,033 infected so far this year, according to the WHO’s latest count.

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