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Greening meets British Ebola survivor in Sierra Leone

International Development Secretary Justine Greening has met British Ebola survivor William Pooley during a visit to Sierra Leone.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening with British nurse William Pooley. Credit: Department for International Development

Greening was in the country to see the UK-funded Ebola treatment and training facilities.

British nurse Pooley, who survived Ebola after contracting the virus in Sierra Leone, returned to the West African country on Sunday to continue treating others who are infected.


Army medics volunteer to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone

150 British Army medics are joining the UK efforts to defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone, to run a training facility aimed at teaching local healthcare workers how to treat and protect themselves and others from the virus.

The soldiers all volunteered for the mission, their major said.

All of my soldiers have volunteered for this mission. For a lot of them it is their first tour and they are raring to get stuck in and make a difference.

– Major Scott Hempsey

Ebola 'must be combated in west Africa to limit UK risk'

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said it was vitally important for the UK to support countries in western Africa to defeat Ebola to prevent further loss of life and ensure it does not spread into the UK.

Speaking as she set off for Sierra Leone with around 100 RAF medics being sent to build a training academy and field hospital she said:

"If we don't combat Ebola it will take many more lives, but also it can pose a risk to the UK".


Ebola screening to start at Gatwick tomorrow

Screening for the Ebola virus at Gatwick Airport will begin tomorrow, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed.

A general view inside the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport. Credit: PA Wire

It will start in the North Terminal tomorrow before being extended to the South Terminal on Wednesday.

Measures will then be introduced at St Pancras International station later in the week.

The screening is taking place for passengers who have travelled from high-risk areas including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where more than 4,500 people have died.

Last week, the Chief Medical Officer warned that a "handful of cases" of Ebola were expected in the UK in the coming months.

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