The contribution was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi just ahead of his departure to US where he will address the 69th session of UN General Assembly in New York on September 27.

"India to contribute USD 10 million to UN Secretary General's Fund for Ebola. Additional USD 2 million for purchase of protective gear to tackle Ebola," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said here.

Ebola virus hit the African continent earlier this year and has killed nearly 2,200 people in several countries there.

UN Security Council has also declared the outbreak of the virus in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security".

UN chief Ban Ki-moon last week had described the situation arising out of spread of Ebola virus in the African continent as "unprecedented" and had announced setting up of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to put in place an effective response mechanism.

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