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RFA Argus will leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone today

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth headed for Sierra Leone Credit: ITV News

RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, will leave Falmouth today on its way to Sierra Leone, to help Ebola victims.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water and has a state of the art casualty unit but Ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of transmission.

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PCC blasts 'horrendous harm' caused by alcohol

"I am afraid we live in a society where people are less willing to take responsibility for their own actions and their impact on others and now it is clearly time for everyone in the South West to take responsibility for their own use of alcohol.

"For many months I have spoken about the horrendous harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and these figures illustrate, in the starkest possible light, the staggering human cost: 314,000 alcohol related hospital admissions and 758 people dead – through drink, in a single year are simply not acceptable.

"These avoidable demands are being met by the public at large – the costs of caring for, and the harm caused by, drunks is being paid for by many who never drink in anything other than moderation.

"So on most evenings our casualty units are full of drunken men and women injured through fighting, after falling down drunk or being beaten by a drunken partner at home.

"The excessive burden on the police, the ambulance service, on doctors and nurses has to change. If tax-payers want the police to protect their homes and their children they cannot be expected to spend time clearing up the mess left from drunken binges."

– Tony Hogg, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

Alcohol abuse costs our hospitals £91 million a year

Hospital admissions triggered by alcohol abuse cost the West Country taxpayer an estimated £91 million in one year, according to a new report.

New “alcohol harm maps” show more than 300,000 people were admitted to Devon and Cornwall hospitals in 2012-13 because of alcohol misuse.

The analysis by campaign group Alcohol Concern also showed that deaths of 758 people in Devon and Cornwall that year were alcohol-related.

Cheap alcohol for sale. Credit: PA

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The moment a blind man got his sight back

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa.

Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world. When the bandage was removed, the man was able to see his 18 month old grandson for the first time.

Watch what happened in the following video, courtesy of Sightsavers.

Medical ship prepares to leave Falmouth to fight Ebola

The RFA Argus is due to leave for Africa to tackle the ebola crisis Credit: PA

The RFA Argus is preparing to leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone where it will help in the battle against the spread of the Ebola virus.

It will transport 750 servicemen and women and three Merlin helicopters to help support training and treatment centres.

It will also be equipped with 100 beds including a critical care unit.

Devon journalist films blind man's sight restored

Winesi, who was blind, got to see his grandson for the first time Credit: SeeTheMiracle

A woman from Devon has captured the moment a blind man's sight was restored, as part of a project in Malawi in Africa. Rachel Palmer filmed the operation, which was broadcast live on the internet around the world. When the bandage was removed, the man was able to see his 18 month old grandson for the first time.

It was absolutely incredible. One of the most amazing things I've seen. Being able to give someone back their sight also means giving back their life and it was just remarkable, the difference in this one guy, Winesi, who we followed. He had a whole new lease of life and he actually said "before when I was blind, I felt like I was dead and I feel like I've been reborn now."

– Rachel Palmer, Multimedia journalist
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