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UK ship arrives with supplies for Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

RFA Argus docks in Sierra Leone. Credit: MoD

A British military ship carrying aid, supplies and off-road vehicles has arrived in Sierra Leone to help the country in its fight against Ebola.

RFA Argus left Falmouth in the UK earlier this month and arrived at Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, today, the Ministry of Defence said.

David Eagles, Commanding Officer, said: "We will not be taking Ebola cases on board the ship, that will serve no purpose. We are here to support the establishment of the additional 700 Ebola bed and Ebola treatment units across Sierra Leone."

The cargo included 32 off-road vehicles which will be used to transport staff, supplies and equipment to parts of the country hit by the virus.

Paolo Conteh, Head of the National Ebola Response Centre, said: "We are very pleased so on behalf of the government. I want to say a very big thank you to the UK government, the people of the UK, for bringing us this support."

Off-road vehicles loaded off ship. Credit: MoD
The off-road vehicles which will be used to transport staff, supplies and equipment to parts of the country hit by the virus. Credit: MoD