Plymouth Royal Marines help fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone
PUBLISHED: 16:50 04 November 2014
Royal Marines from Devon have arrived in the African country of Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the Ebola virus.
The Plymouth-based marines were overwhelmed to see a large group of Sierra Leoneans welcome them as they arrived at Lungi Beach.
Sergeant John McDonald reported: “I’d say that more than 150 people met us when we landed on the beach.”
The commandos went to support the fight against the Ebola crisis by aiding the government of Sierra Leone and the Department for International Development (DfID).
This involves conducting survey work in different areas and providing means of transporting equipment, stores, aid experts and British medical personnel.
Ebola, one of the world‘s most deadly infectious diseases, has had a devastating blow on Africa. The international response to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone is being led by the UK and is working to identify cases and then isolate them to stop virus spreading.
The marines are made up of the units 42 Commando and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines from Plymouth and embarked from Falmouth in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus.
The ship set off with three Merlin Mk2 Helicopters on board that will be used to deliver necessary supplies to the afflicted areas.
The UK‘s commitment as a whole includes dedicating £225 million to combating the virus. The money is being spent on organising Sierra Leone’s public health services to stop the disease spread and also to provide more treatment beds for those who are suffering.
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