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Irish Defence Forces to assist with Ebola crisis in West Africa

Five members of the medical team are expected to arrive in Sierra Leone on January 15.

Four members of the Medical Team  L to R-Tpr Richard Fitzgerald, Cpl Frank Noonan, Capt Eugene O'Connor, Cpl Pierce Foley.
Four members of the Medical Team L to R-Tpr Richard Fitzgerald, Cpl Frank Noonan, Capt Eugene O'Connor, Cpl Pierce Foley.

THE DEFENCE FORCES medical team will be heading out to Sierra Leone in the coming weeks to assist with the Ebola crisis.

The team are travelling to the UK this morning where they will undertake intensive training before departing.

They’ll start initial training in Aldershot Barracks where they will receive Mission Briefings, Treatment protocol training and Personal Protective Equipment training with the Task Force.

The five members are expected to arrive in Sierra Leone on January 15 for a three month tour of duty.

They will support a UK Armed Forces Treatment Unit in Kerrytown, Sierra Leone.

This facility provides international standard Ebola Virus Disease treatment to Healthcare Workers who are providing care to Ebola victims.

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