The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa.
In a statement to the media on Thursday, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) said that the Ebola fighting programme, initiated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and implemented by IDB, comprises the following
1- Providing schools with thermal sensors and medical examination
equipment designed to diagnose the disease, thereby facilitating its
treatment and preventing its spread. The equipment will allow
governments to open schools for the current academic year. Pupils will
be examined at entry to ensure they have not contracted the disease,
thus reassuring parents about the safety of their children at school.
2- Providing thermal sensors and medical examination equipment at
airports, railway stations and bus stations to diagnose the disease and
ensure early treatment.
3- Establishing a specialized treatment centre in each of the three
endemic countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, designed to serve
suspected cases in schools, hospitals and public transport, and wherever
contamination is likely to occur in crowded conditions. Suspected cases
will be received in these centres for further medical tests before they
are referred for specialized treatment if necessary.
4- Establishing a specialized treatment centre in Mali where Ebola
appears to have broken out but is not widespread. The centre will help
the country’s health authorities cope with potential epidemics in the
The IDB President emphasized that the kind donation made by the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques will further boost the Islamic world
efforts in supporting the international fight against Ebola. He added
that the equipment financed by this donation will speed up the opening
of schools in the countries concerned, reinforce the institutional and
health infrastructure to fight the current epidemic and any potential
epidemics in the future, Allah forbids, thus saving thousands of lives
and ensuring the safety of those at risk of contamination.
Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali implored Allah to preserve the Custodian of the
Two Holy Mosques King Abdallah Bin Abdulaziz for his kind deeds to save
the lives of people in line with Allah’s saying in the Quran “and that
whoever saves one life should be regarded as though he had saved all
mankind”. He also prayed the Almighty to cure the sick and to protect
humanity from all evils and disease.