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New Zealand to send medical team to Sierra Leone

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 By: Sahr Morris Jr.

New Zealand is on the verge to send a medical team to Sierra Leone to treat Ebola patients, as part of a joint Anzac mission with Australia.

According to Australia based ibtimes.cm, the relevant proposal will be soon considered by the New Zealand cabinet for approval, to enable the Kiwi team work with their Aussie counterparts, with the latter earmarked to manage a newly built 100-bed hospital for Ebola patients.

The volunteers are expected to depart both countries by the end of November and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said they would be chosen from the public health system.

“The plan is to depute 10 health workers at a time, probably in rotations of two to three weeks,” the  NZ Herald reported.

McCully said that a significant number of New Zealand doctors and nurses have expressed their readiness to join the medical team as their government would bear the costs.

The Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone has been built by the British Government but it will be run by Australia, which has contracted a health company named Aspen Medical for the role. The facility will become functional by November end and the staff of 240 will also include locals.

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