Nurse uses Ebola experience to help in the fight against coronavirus

A nurse who helped tackle the Ebola outbreak in Africa is using the skills he learnt there to fight coronavirus in the UK.

David Anderson from Braunston-in-Rutland was deployed to Sierra Leone in 2014 to assist with the world's worst Ebola outbreak.

He's now using his expertise at the new Nightingale hospital in Manchester.

Our correspondent Peter Bearne has been talking to him.

Mr Anderson returned from preparing South Africa for its' Covid-19 response to take on a role as Director of Quality at IPC at NHS Nightingale Hospital, North West.

The 51-year-old nurse works with a charity called UK-Med which responds to humanitarian emergencies. He believes that the lessons medics have learnt will play a crucial part in helping the NHS deal with COVID-19.

The experience and expertise that we have gained from battling outbreaks like Ebola will be invaluable to beating coronavirus.

David Anderson, Midlands Nurse
David was sent to Sierra Leone in December 2014. Credit: Department for International Development.

I am proud that brave EMT medics like David are using the expertise and experience gained from responding to humanitarian crises around the world, to help our NHS in the fight against coronavirus. This shows how using UK aid to provide medical expertise to the poorest countries to tackle health crises like Ebola also helps the UK. Not only have our brave doctors and nurses saved many lives worldwide, but they have gained knowledge and skills that are now proving crucial in combating coronavirus back home.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, International Development Secretary

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