MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) – China's Ministry of Commerce said Friday that Beijing plans to send an additional $32.5 million aid package to African states and international organizations to fight the Ebola virus, the official Xinhua news agency has reported.
"The aid will include food, supplies for disease control, emergency treatment facilities, and capital support," the agency said referring to the ministry's statement.
China plans to promote long-term medical cooperation with African countries to "help them raise their disease control and response abilities and improve public health systems," the report says.
Last month, China offered $4.9 million in humanitarian aid.
The Ebola death toll in West Africa has risen to more than 2,400 since the epidemic started in March, chief of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan said Friday.
Cases have been registered in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal.
The Ebola virus mortality rate is currently at 53 percent. There is no officially approved medication for the disease, and experts claim prevention is the only cure. Several countries, including Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan are currently working on vaccines.