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Ontario donates $3-million to Ebola aid efforts in West Africa

WATCH: Premier Kathleen Wynne is wasting no time wading into the global fight against Ebola – with a major funding announcement. Marianne Dimain reports. 

TORONTO – The Ontario government announced on Monday it is donating $3-million to two Canadian organizations helping to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said $1-million will go to Medicine Sans Frontières while $2-million will be given to the Canadian Red Cross.

The announcement was made ahead of the new fall legislative session at Queen’s Park and days after the Liberal government released its own plan to bolster Ebola preparedness in Ontario.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins said on Friday additional training and support will be given to front line health care workers, including designating 10 hospitals to treat potential Ebola cases.

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“There’s an infrastructure in West Africa that unfortunately doesn’t come close to comparing to what we have here,” he said. “In Canada we have one physician for every 400 citizens. In Liberia they have one physician for every 74,000 citizens.”

The new measures also includes enhanced body suit, new staffing protocols, and the creation of advisory panels.

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