Ebola nurses leaves Africa with mixed feelings

Rebecca Stretch.
Rebecca Stretch.

A nurse from Carnforth who flew to Sierra Leone three weeks ago to help Ebola victims will soon be on her way home.

Rebecca Stretch, Central and North West London health trust’s deputy director of infection prevention and control, has been in Kenema, Sierra Leone, and in her final update from the region, she said: “It’s been a difficult week. We have had problems with the quality of chlorine - which of course is very serious in this setting as it’s our main form of decontamination.”

Rebecca’s main role is advising on infection prevention and control and improving procedures to keep all health care workers as safe as possible.

Rebecca said: “A doctor in our team was med-evaced out as he was infected with Ebola.

“In turn some members of the team felt uncomfortable with the risk and left Kenema. For a couple of days we were very limited with staff.”

Fortunately new doctors have now arrived but they urgently need more staff as the outbreak is not yet under control.

Rebecca said “Mixed emotions but feeling guilty leaving when there is still so much to do.”