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Canadian Armed Forces team will continue work with British forces in Sierra Leone
February 20, 2015
OTTAWA — The second group of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel on Operation SIRONA departed the United Kingdom (UK) yesterday for Kerry Town, Sierra Leone. The members deployed to West Africa following extensive training alongside their British military counterparts and in continued support of the Government of Canada’s response to the Ebola epidemic.
This rotation will relieve the first group of CAF military doctors, nurses, medics, and support staff at the UK’s Kerry Town Treatment Unit (KTTU). The command team, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Gary O’Neil, will remain in place and oversee a detailed handover period. Canadians are working alongside their British counterparts in providing essential medical care to local and international healthcare workers and local nationals.
In providing much needed frontline care to patients in West Africa, CAF healthcare professionals are making a significant and direct impact in the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
- Operation SIRONA augments the UK’s Operation GRITROCK at the KTTU in Sierra Leone and will remain until governance of the treatment facility can be transferred to non-governmental organizations.
- CAF personnel deploying to Sierra Leone are expertly prepared. Before deploying to West Africa, CAF members train at the state-of-the-art British Army Medical Services Training Centre in Strensall, UK, alongside their British military counterparts.
- The majority of personnel in the initial rotation are from 2 Field Ambulance and 1 Canadian Field Hospital, based in Petawawa, Ontario. The second rotation is a truly composite unit, consisting of CAF medical personnel from across Canada.
“Canada remains committed to supporting efforts to containing the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Our Canadian Armed Forces healthcare professionals deploying to West Africa represent the very heart of our great country. When people are in need, anywhere in the world, Canadians reach out a helping hand.”
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence
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