Kiwis to bolster Aussie Ebola effort

About 400 Australians have already volunteered to work at a Sierra Leone British-built 100-bed Ebola treatment centre, which Australia has contracted a private company to operate.

NZ foreign minister Murray McCully said Australia had asked for a contribution of NZ personnel.

“Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called to advise me of Australia’s plans to support the Ebola effort in West Africa as part of the wider British mission,” Mr McCully said in a statement forwarded by his office today.

“I have asked New Zealand officials to engage with their Australian counterparts to work towards an Anzac initiative to be presented to the New Zealand cabinet.”

Australia last Wednesday announced a $20 million contract for Canberra-based Aspen Medical to operate the Sierra Leone hospital.

Between 20 and 25 Australians at a time are expected to be deployed during a six- to eight-month mission. Aspen plans