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Australia to operate Ebola centre in Sierra Leone

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond welcomes significant contribution by Australia to support UK efforts to end Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Speaking today the Foreign Secretary said:

I warmly welcome Australia’s plans to operate a 100 bed Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Adequate provision of Ebola treatment facilities is a vital part of the international response to Ebola and this Australian contribution is significant, on top of AUS$18 million they pledged in September. I hope this will encourage other countries to scale-up their commitments on staff, money and infrastructure.

We look forward to working closely with Australia in the coming weeks and months as we collaborate to defeat Ebola in West Africa and stop its spread.

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Published 5 November 2014