Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Facebook Founder/CEO Helps to fight Ebola
most populous social networking sites and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have
donated N4bn to fight the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
The announcement was made on his Facebook page where he said that they
wanted to stop the epidemic before it got out of control to become a
bigger, and more expensive, global issue to fight, like the HIV. He said,
"Priscilla and I are donating $25m to the Centres for Disease Control
(CDC) Foundation to help fight Ebola."
The epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people
so far, but it is spreading rapidly even to the western world and
projections suggest it could infect one million people or more over the
next several months if not addressed. "We need to get Ebola under control
in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term
global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale,
like HIV or polio."
He went ahead to say that,"We believe our grant is the quickest way to
empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.
Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic
work. These people are on the ground setting up care centres, training
local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more. We are hopeful this
will help save lives and get this outbreak under control."