Greening to visit Sierra Leone

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Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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International Development Secretary Justine Greening is joining British troops heading to Sierra Leone to help with the fight against Ebola.

The Cabinet minister will fly out from RAF Brize Norton with around a hundred soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps.

The UK is leading the international response to the disease in the country, and has pledged a £125 million aid package including suport for 700 treatment beds.

The medics deploying today are from Catterick-based 35 Squadron, 5 Armoured Medical Regiment and Royal Army Medical Corps. They will staff an Ebola Training Academy alongside around 90 personnel from 22 Field Hospital who left for Sierra Leone last week.

Ms Greening will visit the academy, as well as the site of a 92 bed treatment facility in Kerry Town which is in the final stages of being constructed.

She said: “Halting the disease in West Africa is the most effective way of preventing Ebola infecting people here in the UK.

“That is why we are providing 700 treatment beds in Sierra Leone, sending vital supplies such as chlorine and protective clothing, and training hundreds of health workers.

“I look forward to seeing for myself how British Army medics and engineers, as well as our humanitarian and health workers, are spearheading the UK’s efforts to contain and ultimately defeat Ebola.”

Altogether the UK is deploying 750 military personnel, including the navy’s RFA Argus.

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014 by The News Editor

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