Africa’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote, has promised to assist Liberia as the West African country fights against the spread of the Ebola virus.
Dangote made the commitment during a telephone conversation with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday, promising to assist the country with medical personnel and other human and material resources to contain the spread of the disease.
According to a statement issued by Liberia’s’ Executive Mansion, Dangote said his philanthropic organization, the Dangote Foundation, will work closely with the Liberian government to determine what assistance can be provided ranging from medical personnel as well as other professional healthcare workers.
President Sirleaf thanked the Nigerian billionaire for his promised assistance and praised the Nigerian businessman for reaching out to the government and people of Liberia.
Liberia is among the countries worst hit by Ebola, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea. The country accounts for more than half of all the official Ebola deaths, estimated at more than 2,400. Overall, the number of dead across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has exceeded 4,500.