Home for Christmas: Buxton army medic returns from Ebola mission in Sierra Leone

Brave nurse Angela Slack
Brave nurse Angela Slack

A brave Buxton army medic says she is pleased to be home for Christmas after seven weeks touring Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola outbreak.

Private Angela Slack, 27, was part of a 100-strong team tasked with training health professionals working in the five Ebola treatment units the UK is building.

Angela, of Cowdale, said she was proud to have served in the fight against Ebola.

“We were given a number of 3,200 health professionals to teach,” said Angela, who joined the army two years ago.

“But we taught over 4,000 people in the end, which is a huge achievement and one I’m really proud to have been part of.”

Angela said she was primarily tasked with teaching specialist cleaning techniques, how to get in-and-out of the Ebola suits safely, and how to compassionately look after people infected with Ebola.

Angela said: “It’s a completely different world out there. They don’t have the luxuries or the privileges we have here and the Ebola outbreak has made that even worse – many people can’t even work.

“I’m really pleased to be home for Christmas, but I will be a lot more grateful for everything we have over here after spending time in Sierra Leone.”

Angela, who will be spending Christmas with boyfriend Rob and her family, added: “I really believe that the hard-work our team put in will save lives. Obviously, there is a long way to go and a lot more work to do, but I’m really proud to have played a part in the fight against Ebola.”

Lieutenant Colonel Phil Carter, commanding officer, said: “During the course of our seven-week deployment we trained more than 4,000 personnel which can only have a major impact on tackling the outbreak.

“Thanks to the commitment of my soldiers, many of whom were young and deploying for the first time, we achieved a high quality training course.”