Canada Extends Helping Hands To West Africa For Fighting Ebola

Kamal Nayan
November 28, 2014 12:19 PM EST

Canada will be sending 40 military medics to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak, according to reports. Meanwhile the country is also encouraging its health care workers to join the fight. 

Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a press release that an estimated 350 international care workers and specialists are needed at Ebola treatment centers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

These countries are facing a shortage of doctors and nurses, as well as psychologists, water and sanitation engineers, and infection prevention and control staff, she said.

"We're asking health care workers to join the fight," she said.

She announced Can$20.9 million (US$18.4 million) for treatment efforts. It will also include training for Canadian medical staff who would deploy to West Africa on how to deal with infectious disease. 

The new funding brings Canada's total contribution to the fight against Ebola to Can$113.5 million (US$100.1 million).