Canadian Armed Forces personnel deploy to help fight Ebola outbreak

Health services personnel will work with British forces in Sierra Leone

In support of the Government of Canada’s response to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, approximately 40 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) health care and support staff departed for the United Kingdom (UK) today to undertake specialized training prior to deploying to Sierra Leone later this month.  

In support of the Government of Canada’s response to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, approximately 40 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) health care and support staff departed for the United Kingdom (UK) today to undertake specialized training prior to deploying to Sierra Leone later this month

Canadian military doctors, nurses, physicians’ assistants, medics and support staff will train at the state-of-the-art British Army Medical Services Training Centre in Strensall, UK. After training alongside their British military counterparts to ensure full inter-operability, CAF personnel will deploy directly to Sierra Leone.

Scheduled to be operating in Sierra Leone later this month, the deployment is expected to last up to six months, with Canadian military health care personnel being rotated every two months during the deployment.

Quick Facts

  • The CAF mission is called Operation SIRONA, and in augmenting the UK’s Operation GRITROCK, will primarily focus on medical care to local and international health care workers who are patients of the UK Kerry Town Treatment Unit (KTTU) in Sierra Leone.
  • Training prior to deployment will include lectures by experts in infectious disease, including Ebola, and by health workers with experience working in Sierra Leone and will include practical scenarios in a simulated Ebola treatment centre. Training will also encompass cultural awareness and language training.
  • CAF personnel will be fully trained on the use of personal protective equipment required to keep staff safe and to prevent cross infection.

Quotes

“Deploying Canadian Armed Forces medical experts to West Africa is further demonstration of Canada’s commitment to support the global effort to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa. I am proud our Canadian Armed Force professionals and support staff members will meaningfully contribute to this important international mission.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, PC, QC, MP for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

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