EU pledges $227 million in aid to fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Medical workers of the Liberian Red Cross, wearing a protective suit, carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in a bag on Sept 4, 2014 in the small city of Banjol, 30km of Monrovia. The European Union promised 140 million euros (S$227 million)
Medical workers of the Liberian Red Cross, wearing a protective suit, carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus in a bag on Sept 4, 2014 in the small city of Banjol, 30km of Monrovia. The European Union promised 140 million euros (S$227 million) in assistance on Friday to bolster the overstretched health sectors of four West African nations struggling to halt the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. -- PHOTO: AFP

ABIDJAN (REUTERS) - The European Union promised 140 million euros (S$227 million) in assistance on Friday to bolster the overstretched health sectors of four West African nations struggling to halt the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

The funding will be used to strengthen health systems, train health workers and pay for mobile testing laboratories in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Guinea where over 1,900 people have died since the outbreak was identified in March.