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More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.
The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.
The medical ship RFA Argus has left Falmouth on its way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola.
The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water but ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of spreading the virus.
There were difficult farewells this morning as RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, prepared to leave Falmouth on its mission to help Ebola victims.
Here's a short clip from the dockside.
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.
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.
More than 750 military personnel are being sent to West Africa to help in the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.
The announcement comes as the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the US, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in hospital in Texas. The World Health Organisation has warned that sporadic cases in Europe are now "unavoidable."
It's understood RFA Argus will also be sent to Sierra Leone, along with three helicopters.
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