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International aid effort to fight Ebola stepped up

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International aid effort to fight Ebola stepped up


Significant international aid is finally making its way to West Africa to help in the fight against Ebola.

British military ship The Argus has docked in Sierra Leone carrying food, medical equipment and pick-up trucks to give to treatment centres in the country. There are also doctors, nurses and military personnel on board.

A German-built Ebola treatment unit opened its doors on Wednesday in the Liberian capital Monrovia. The 44-bed facility has now been given to the Liberian government.

Margret Gieraths-Nimene from the clinic said:” We are here to provide patients with treatment, medications and educate them on hygiene practice throughout Ebola crisis in this country.

The World Food Programme has also been distributed food in quarantined areas of Liberia

There has been criticism that the international community has been slow to respond to the crisis which has killed nearly 5,000 people since March.

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