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Ebola fears send Libera hand sanitiser prices soaring: NGO

Published on Aug 1, 2014 1:15 AM

LONDON (AFP) - The struggle to contain the worst-ever Ebola epidemic in west Africa is being complicated by the soaring cost of hand sanitiser, a leading charity said on Thursday.

Mr Mike Noyes, ActionAid UK's Head of Humanitarian Response, said the prices of some hygiene products had gone up sevenfold, making them unaffordable for many in the region.

"Hand sanitiser that they used to pay seven Liberian dollars for is now 50 dollars (S$0.67), and that makes even protecting yourself a huge challenge for very poor families in quite isolated areas," he told AFP.

Demand for sanitary products has risen sharply as communities have become increasingly aware of hygiene measures that can halt the transmission of the deadly disease.

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