Ebola — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:41 am on 23rd October 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top Labour 11:41 am, 23rd October 2014

My Lords, I wonder whether the Minister recognises that this is not just a humanitarian crisis. These three countries in west Africa are all fragile states, and Sierra Leone, in particular, is emerging from conflict. It has now had several stable elections, but all of that will be under threat unless we get on top of the health crisis. We must recognise the support that will be needed financially for that country to re-establish the settlement between the population and the Government. Indeed, the last thing we would want is for Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to go back into conflict, civil war, and so on. The Government need to recognise that it is a security as well as a health issue.