Doctor takes flight to help fight Ebola virus

Dr Rodger Alcock is off to Sierra Leone to fight ebola.
Dr Rodger Alcock is off to Sierra Leone to fight ebola.

An NHS Forth Valley consultant in emergency medicine is setting off for Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak.

Dr Roger Alcock, who works at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, will join other medics who have volunteered to assist in a £125 million aid package to combat the deadly virus.

The outbreak has killed nearly 5000 people in West Africa with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the three worst-affected countries.

Dr Alcock will join staff at the Ebola treatment centre based in Port Loko.

He explained why he had volunteered to assist: “This is a medical humanitarian crisis and urgent medical help is required.

“It is important that we control and contain the virus to prevent its spread outwith West Africa.

“I have the training and experience to be able to go to Sierra Leone and have received tremendous support from colleagues, friends and family.”

Dr Alcock was chief medic with Raleigh International in Namibia and has worked as an expedition doctor for Across the Divide expeditions in Cuba, Peru, China, Nepal, Tanzania and throughout the UK and Europe including Arctic Norway.

He has previously been in Malawi as part of a project funded by the Scottish Government to develop and support emergency medicine.

Earlier this year he worked in Kurdistan delivering medical training and simulation in conjunction with the UN and the World Health Organisation.