Search

Holloway medic travels to Sierra Leone to help tackle deadly Ebola

PUBLISHED: 09:53 02 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:53 02 September 2014

Rebecca Stretch

Rebecca Stretch

Archant

A Holloway woman is risking her life by travelling to west Africa to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Rebecca Stretch, who specialises in the prevention and control of infectious diseases for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, travelled to Kemena in Sierra Leone last month to teach people in hospitals how to deal with the spread of the virus which has so far killed more than 1,500 people.

Rebecca volunteered in Sierra Leone in 2002 during the Civil War in the country, and is putting her self in harms way again to help others.

But she says she was more afraid to tell her family than she is of contracting the disease.

Rebecca, originally from Carnforth in Lancashire, said, “I was more worried about telling my family about this trip than the trip itself.

“They will worry about me. But my main interest is communicable diseases – it’s what I’m trained in.

“For me, this is the equivalent of training as a footballer and then being ‘called up’ to play in the biggest tournament.

“I know that will sound odd to people. I can’t really explain it – but it’s what I am trained to do.”

Ebola is transmitted from person-to-person by direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone with the disease.

Rebecca plans to use her expertise to stop the disease, and says she feels duty bound because of her knowledge, to help.

“I think if somebody doesn’t help people there, then who will?” She said.

“We can’t just put a fence up and ignore the problem. It is dangerous but I am not reckless.

“I think I will be safe but things can go wrong even if you take the right precautions.

“Last time I went to Sierra Leone it was one of the most dangerous places on earth and I couldn’t go as far east as Kemena as it was too unsafe.

“This time is different – it is not a case of people purposefully harming people but a disease and all the suffering that brings.

“The last thing you’ll feel like when you get home is a hero“

Rebecca will be in Sierra Leone for a month.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

09:00

In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visit 308 Hobbies, which has been selling radio-controlled models in Holloway Road since 1946.

Fri, 18:09

A mystery spectator gifted £800 to a Newington Green marathon runner’s fundraising campaign after being inspired by her dash for the line, six minutes before the event’s cut-off.

Fri, 14:49

The town hall has started a £22million programme to deal with chronic damp problems in two of Islington’s biggest estates.

Fri, 11:03

A report published last year aimed to find a way to cure Islington of its chronic problems with damp and mould. Last night the council said the more radical recommendation were simply too expensive.

Fri, 07:53

Islington Council last night approved new policy to fight tax dodging contractors.

Thu, 12:45

Caroline Russell last night claimed she was the only realistic candidate to contest Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North seat in June’s general election.

Thu, 11:00

In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we re-visit Hammerton Brewery, which is expanding by opening a new pub in Holloway Road.

Thu, 10:41

Archway dwellers could soon be taking a stroll through Junction Square, Archway Plaza – or possibly Squarey McSquareface.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now