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RFA Argus off the coast of Devonport

The Royal Navy's Argus

In late October 2014, the United Kingdom sent one of their hospital ships, the Royal Navy's Argus, to help Sierra Leone.[1] By late October Sierra Leone was experiencing more than twenty deaths a day from Ebola.[2]

As of 12 October, aid supplies delivered so far include: 20 vehicles including ambulances; 75 water tanks; 3 incinerators for disposing of clothing and other materials; 12 generators; personal protection equipment; radio equipment; lighting sets; chlorine for sanitation; latrine slabs; temporary warehouse tents; 14 air conditioning units and isolator equipment.[3]

More than 160 National Health Service (NHS) staff have volunteered to travel to west Africa and help those affected by Ebola.[4] On 22 November over 30 NHS volunteers flew over to Freetown, Sierra Leone to assist with the Ebola epidemic.[5]

Kerry Town treatment centreEdit

The Kerry Town (Sierra Leone) treatment centre is the first of six Ebola treatment centres funded by the Department for International Development. The centre is run by Save the Children, and opened on 5 November 2014. The centre provides treatment beds for 80 general patients, and 12 health care workers, with plans for an additional 8 health care beds.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Inside RFA Argus - the British ship on course to battle Ebola". Telegraph.co.uk. 15 October 2014. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11161534/RFA-Argus-loaded-with-supplies-for-Ebola-mission-to-Sierra-Leone.html. 
  2. "Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone". News24. http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Ebola-cases-rise-sharply-in-western-Sierra-Leone-20141021. 
  3. "Further UK aid supplies arrive in Freetown to tackle Ebola outbreak". Department for International Development. 12 October 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-uk-aid-supplies-arrive-in-freetown-to-tackle-ebola-outbreak. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  4. "The UK is leading the international drive against Ebola in Sierra Leone". Department for International Development. 23 September 2014. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-uk-is-leading-the-international-drive-against-ebola-in-sierra-leone. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  5. http://www.news24.com/World/News/UK-health-volunteers-head-to-S-Leone-to-tackle-Ebola-20141123
  6. "A new British Ebola treatment facility opens to patients today in Kerry Town, near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown.". DFID/UK Government. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-british-ebola-treatment-facility-opens-in-sierra-leone. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  7. Boseley, Sarah (30 December 2014). "UK Ebola patient’s infection a fresh setback for Sierra Leone clinic". The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/30/uk-ebola-patient-infection-setback-save-the-children. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

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