Malaysia to Send 20M Latex Gloves to West Africa

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Malaysia will send more than 20 million medical rubber gloves to five African nations battling the deadly Ebola virus, addressing a crucial shortage faced by overwhelmed health workers, the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Monday.

The Southeast Asian nation is a leading manufacturer of rubber gloves, producing about 60 percent of the world’s supply of latex medical gloves.

Health authorities say that a shortage of rubber gloves in affected African nations has led to more deaths and raised risks that the virus will spread among doctors and nurses.

Source: Voice of America News (link opens in a new window)

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