PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Government will send 20.9 million medical rubber gloves to five African nations that are affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.
Malaysia will send 11 containers, each holding 1.9 million medical rubber gloves.
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will each receive three containers; Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo will each receive one container.
Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had attended a symbolic handing-over ceremony of contribution from the Malaysian Government to the ambassadors of Ebola affected countries.
Also present was Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and advisor in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis.
Others include representatives from Sime Darby, Felda, Kuala Lumpur Kepong and IOI Group plantations as well as those from Top Glove and other Malaysia Rubber Gloves Manufacturing Association (MARGMA).
In a statement issued Monday, the Prime Minister's office said some of the affected countries have appealed for help in their battle against the deadly virus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in West Africa.
It added that medical experts have cited the shortage of medical rubber gloves as a key problem in combating the outbreak.