Press release

The Foreign Secretary chaired a further meeting of COBR to discuss Ebola

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Foreign Secretary chaired a further meeting of COBR this morning to discuss Ebola & the current situation in Sierra Leone, Liberia & Guinea.

An FCO spokesperson said:

The Foreign Secretary chaired a further meeting of COBR this morning to discuss Ebola and the current situation in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Ministers and officials from across Whitehall and other relevant organisations attended.

The meeting discussed efforts to limit the spread of the infection across affected countries, which has included DFID’s work to fill critical gaps in the front-line response in those countries and working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to train health workers and increase supplies. A further £3m would now be provided to strengthen health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia and support the WHO, UNICEF and the International Rescue Committee in limiting Ebola’s spread, taking the total UK contribution to £5m.

Medical advice remains that the risk to the UK is very low. The UK has an established, well-tested system to deal with any known or suspected imported case of this disease. As part of that, precautionary planning measures are being kept up-to-date and the UK’s Public Health authorities are working closely with clinicians, border staff and other agencies to ensure they are prepared to deal with any eventuality.

The UK will continue to monitor the situation closely.

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