Friday 15 December 2017

Darren Hanniffy: Ebola can be contained and I'm going to Sierra Leone to help

Earlier this morning, Irish aid worker, Darren Hanniffy flew to Freetown, Sierra Leone to help GOAL scale-up its response to the Ebola outbreak. Before he left, he explained how he felt about the trip; how we can help contain the Ebola virus; and why Ireland should not panic.

Darren Hanniffy
Darren Hanniffy

Darren Hanniffy

Sitting here in Dublin, a few hours before I am due to depart for the airport it seems a little surreal that I will be landing in Freetown, Sierra Leone tomorrow.

The world is paying very close attention to Sierra Leone as the Ebola virus spreads across Western Africa. It is now more than a week since the country declared a state of emergency and the situation doesn’t seem to be getting any better. It’s worrying.

That being said, it is very important that we don’t panic. Ireland is not in any real danger. This country has well-established systems in place that would certainly contain any case. But more does need to be done where the virus has established itself.

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