Ebola mission for courageous Dr James Meiring
A young doctor from Garstang is this week at the battlefront of the fight to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed more than 9,000 victims in West Africa.
Dr James Meiring, 29, flew into Sierra Leone at the weekend with a group of British health workers, the latest to join the global effort trying to stem the world’s worst health crisis in decades.
Garstang-born and educated James will spend the next five weeks working as a volunteer team leader in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, one of the areas affected by the epidemic.
Shortly before James left for the danger zone he told The Courier of his motives – and nervousness – in tackling the deadly virus which attacks almost every organ and tissue in the human body.