12/30/2014 12:50 EST | Updated 03/01/2015 05:59 EST

Canadian Forces Staff Start Work At Sierra Leone Ebola Clinic

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A photo taken on November 13, 2014, shows health workers walking at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment center on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. A volunteer nurse who contracted Ebola while working at the Kerry Town Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone was airlifted on December 30, 2014 from Scotland to the Royal Free Hospital in London, where British nurse William Pooley was also treated for the disease this year. AFP PHOTO/ FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)

OTTAWA - Canadian military personnel have started work at an Ebola treatment clinic in Sierra Leone.

Thirty-seven Canadian Armed Forces doctors, nurses, medics and support staff began working Tuesday at a British-run clinic in Kerry Town.

The centre has been set up primarily to provide care for local and international health-care workers who contract Ebola.

The command and support staff with the mission will be deployed for up to six months and the health-care staff will be rotated every two months.

The commander of Canadian Joint Operations Command, Lt.-Gen. John Vance, says their efforts will help alleviate human suffering and save lives.

Canada has also been operating a mobile laboratory in Sierra Leone since June; it is based at Kailahun in the eastern part of the country.


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