Date
25 September 2017
More than 140 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in Guinea since March. Photo: AFP
More than 140 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in Guinea since March. Photo: AFP

HK nurses put hands up for West Africa Ebola mission

The Hong Kong Red Cross will send three volunteer nurses to Guinea in West Africa to help communities there cope with the ravages of an Ebola virus outbreak, Apply Daily reported Tuesday.

For volunteer Kwok Yuk-lai, this mission adds to her long list of credits on the medical front line, including stints in intensive care units during the 2003 SARS outbreak, aiding victims of the Boxing Day tsunami and as part of relief efforts for the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

But the veteran nurse says going to Guinea will probably the most dangerous task she has faced.

“I am really very nervous. I have never been so nervous before. And I haven’t been able to sleep,” she said.

Kwok will set off Friday and is expected to stay in Guinea for a month. The volunteers will focus on disease prevention, public education and tracking down suspected cases of the virus, the report said.

Betty Lau, head of the Red Cross’s International and Relief Service, said Guinea has had 242 confirmed cases of Ebola since the outbreak started in March, and 142 people have died. The disease is spreading to neighboring countries like Liberia.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]

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