Dutch PM Rutte commits more cash to ebola fight

Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced after the EU summit in Brussels that the Netherlands will make a further 5 million euro available for the fight against Ebola.

The Netherlands has already pledged a contribution of 30 million euro. The extra 5 million is for supplies. According to Rutte it will be used for things like mobile hospitals, laboratories, protective clothing and ambulances.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that the European Union has designated a special coordinator for the Ebola Crisis. The new Euro Commissioner Christos Stylianides (Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management) has been assigned to the task.

Herman van Rompuy, president of the European Council, said this morning that the EU will increase its financial support to the affected countries to 1 billion euro. That was a desire of British Prime Minister David Cameron, among others. Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs also said earlier that the member states must do more to fight the deadly disease.