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Liverpool children help Ebola victims

Pupils from schools in Liverpool and Warrington have joined together to produce a video calling on people to raise money to help fight the Ebola virus. They've formed a partnership with the Waterloo area of Sierra Leone and want to send out items like cleaning products.

Ebola screening to be extended to Manchester airports

Ebola screening is to be extended to Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Ebola screening for travellers arriving in Britain from affected areas in West Africa is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England has said.

In his weekly message to staff, Duncan Selbie said that once the existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham," he said.

I appreciate very much that we are taking people away from their normal work, and please be assured that we are thinking hard and listening carefully to those on the ground to see how we can make this more sustainable.

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, head of Public Health England.

Report: Manchester medics join the fight against Ebola

Two medics from our region are co-ordinating a dangerous mission to West Africa to combat the threat of the disease.

The World Health Organisation, says the virus has claimed more than 4,000 lives, largely in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The experts run a charity based in Manchester called UK Med which recruits NHS workers from all over the country to help out in emergencies overseas.

They'll soon be flying to Sierra Leone.

Our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports:


Manchester medic set to join Ebola fight

Dr Amy Hughes speaking at an Ebola conference in London. Credit: PA

A medic based at the University of Manchester has completed an induction session as she prepares to travel to West Africa to help the fight against Ebola.

Dr Amy Hughes, who works as a Clinical Academic Lecturer in Emergency Response at the University attended the session at the Department of Health in London along with other health professionals who have expressed an interest in traveling to Sierra Leone.

As part of her work within the University’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, Dr Hughes is an experienced volunteer to international emergencies, having previously travelled to Sri Lanka to help with the recovery from the aftermath of the conflict there and to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

I’ve been involved with humanitarian work for the past six years. I love the challenge it presents and the privilege of engaging with different communities.

“Of course we will be apprehensive, and it is always a shock when you are first confronted with the devastation. We will be subjected to sights unlike anything we’ve encountered back home.”

– Dr Amy Hughes, University of Manchester

Headteacher of school at centre of Ebola row criticises parents 'misguided hysteria'

Kofi Mason-Sesay Credit: MEN Syndication

The headteacher of a Stockport school at the centre of an Ebola row has criticised parents for their 'misguided hysteria'. Nine year old Kofi Mason-Sesay, from Sierra Leone, was due to join classes at St Simon's Catholic Primary School in Hazel Grove as part of an arrangement with an education charity. The placement was cancelled after mums and dads said they were worried their children could become infected with the disease, despite him being cleared by health officials.

Kofi’s mum Miriam, who works with the Sierra Leone charity and travels around schools in the UK as part of regular fundraising drives, was told she will also not be allowed to visit the school.

The following letter was sent to parents yesterday:

I understand that there is a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

“A significant number of parents have been in touch with me to express their fears. As you know, I always listen to parents. Ebola cannot be spread as some parents have suggested.

“There are many parents who believe that the visit should have gone ahead and that we are contributing to misunderstandings by cancelling it.

“In this instance, it has been very hard to juggle justice to Miriam and the views of parents. Of course I would never endanger any child or colleague and I have to put my trust in the professionals.

“It is with great sadness that we decided to cancel the visit; the misguided hysteria emerging is extremely disappointing, distracting us from our core purpose of educating your children and is not an environment that I would wish a visitor to experience.”

– Head teacher Elizabeth Inman

Liverpool could take Ebola patients if virus reaches UK

Royal Liverpool University Hospital Credit: PA

The Royal Liverpool hospital could take Ebola patients if the virus reaches the UK. A number of NHS trusts across the country have been put on standby, over what health officials are calling a “real risk” that the deadly virus could spread.

David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee today to discuss the ongoing epidemic of Ebola in Western Africa.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "As part of the Government's ongoing efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Prime Minister will chair this week's Cobra meeting on Wednesday."

It comes after a Spanish nurse became the first person to contract the disease outside Africa.

Four major NHS hospitals in England including Liverpool Royal have now been identified as units to take patients with Ebola if it comes to the UK. There is one unit already established in the Royal Free Hospital in north London, which treated William Pooley, a British nurse who contracted the virus in Sierra Leone in August.

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