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Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma to discuss what help they needed
Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma to discuss what help they needed
Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia (AP)
A member of a burial team prepares to collect Ebola victims from a treatment centre for cremation on October 2, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Eight Liberian Red Cross burial teams under contract with the country's Ministry of Health collect the bodies of Ebola victims each day in the capital. More than 3,200 people have died in West Africa due to the epidemic. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A Medecins Sans Frontieres nurse gets prepared with Personal Protection Equipment before entering a high risk Ebola zone in Monrovia, Liberia (AP)
A nine-year-old girl is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in Liberia. (AP)
A local Liberian artist paints a mural forming part of the country's fight against the deadly Ebola virus (AP)

David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing epidemic of Ebola in Western Africa.

Ahead of the meeting, the PM spoke to the president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma, who said the situation in his country continues to be "very serious".

Mr Cameron assured him the UK will continue to do everything it can to support his administration's efforts to battle the disease. Britain has already provided aid totalling £125 million.

Downing Street stressed that the meeting in Whitehall was one of a regular series of meetings and had been in the PM's diary for some time.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "As part of the Government's ongoing efforts to combat the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the Prime Minister will chair this week's Cobra meeting on Wednesday.

"This is part of an ongoing series of Cobra meetings to co-ordinate the UK response that started in late July and has been in the diary for some time.

"Ahead of the meeting, the Prime Minister called President Koroma of Sierra Leone on Tuesday evening to get the latest on the situation there and the help they need.

"The Prime Minister and President Koroma discussed how the £125 million in UK aid was helping efforts, including support for 700 extra beds in key treatment centres and training for medical staff.

"The President said the situation continued to be very serious and they were increasing their response, with a need to train more medical staff, have a better system for servicing treatment centres and improve the burial process.

"The Prime Minister said the UK would continue to do all it could to support their efforts."

This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. (AP Photo/CDC)
This photo provided by the CDC shows an ebola Virus. (AP Photo/CDC)
A Liberian burial team, all wearing protective clothing, retrieves the body of a 60-year-old Ebola victim in his home on August 17, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. The virus has killed more than 1,000 people in four African countries, and Liberia now has had more deaths than any other country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A Liberian burial team wearing protective clothing loads the body of a 60-year-old Ebola victim after retrieving him from his home on August 17, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. The epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four African countries, and Liberia now has had more deaths than any other country. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Workers prepare the new Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment centre on August 17, 2014 near Monrovia, Liberia. The facility initially has 120 beds, making it the largest such center for Ebola treatment and isolation in history, and MSF plans to expand it to a 350-bed capacity.(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
A man who was showing symptoms of possible Ebola listens as UNICEF health workers speak about Ebola prevention on August 18, 2014 in New Kru Town, Liberia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Nroh Nah listens as local UNICEF health workers speak about Ebola prevention at the entrance to her home on August 18, 2014 in New Kru Town, Liberia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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