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Australia to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone

05 November 2014, 22:56

Canberra - Australia's government says it expects to staff a British-provided Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone by the end of the month after reaching an agreement with Britain.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the decision to staff the 100-bed hospital was made after the British and Australian governments struck a deal on treating Australian health workers infected with the deadly disease.

For weeks, Australia had refused requests from the United States and Britain to send health teams to West Africa.

But Abbott said on Wednesday that while his government would not compel Australian health professionals to go Africa, it is now prepared to pay doctors and nurses who volunteer to go there.

He said Australia changed its stance because Britain guaranteed it would treat any Australian health worker infected with Ebola.

- AP


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