The United Nations relief agency said it had released 500 thousand dollars to support the creation of a regional common logistics services staging area in Uganda to strengthen Ebola readiness and response in the region.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said the funds was from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

He said the money was part of a 10.5 million dollars regional contribution from the fund towards mitigating the possible impact of the current Ebola outbreak should it spread to countries neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC.

The new logistics centre, led by the World Food Programme as the lead agency for common logistics services for both UN agencies and NGOs, will support early action in countries neighbouring the DRC.