Russia sends 37 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ebola-stricken Guinea

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has sent 37 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to the West African country of Guinea, one of the worst affected by the Ebola epidemic, a ministry spokesman told Interfax on Tuesday.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has sent 37 tonnes of humanitarian supplies to the West African country of Guinea, one of the worst affected by the Ebola epidemic, a ministry spokesman told Interfax on Tuesday.

"An [Ilyushin] Il-76 airplane of the Emergency Situations Ministry took off from the Moscow region's Ramenskoye airport carrying more than 37 tonnes of food, including canned meat, fish and milk, as well as sugar, to Guinea," he said.

The aid was provided on orders issued by the Russian government.

In addition to that, the ministry's airplane will also deliver around two tonnes of medical instruments, expendable supplies and chemical reaction substances to a specialized anti-epidemic brigade of the Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor working in Guinea.

In August 2014, a Russian medical and biological laboratory and Rospotrebnadzor specialists arrived in Guinea as part of Russia's contribution to the fight against the Ebola epidemic in this country. The Russian specialists are currently working in Kindia Prefecture.

"A decision has been adopted to continue this work until August 2015," the ministry spokesman said.

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