I’m an international food campaigner.
In the UK I’ve organised the UK Food and Drink Campaign and run the UK’s biggest food bank.
But I’m also an international campaigner for people to leave their homes for treatment.
The virus is still raging in West Africa and people have been arriving in the UK with serious symptoms of the virus.
I’ve spoken to people at risk of contracting Ebola, and I’ve seen people with serious illness from the virus themselves.
So, I’m not surprised when I see how much fear people have about staying at home.
I also see how often people turn up at my local GP’s complaining of stomach pains.
There are many people in my constituency of Northampton who are in the grips of Ebola and can’t stay at home for more than a couple of days.
So the fear is real.
I recently joined forces with a local doctor to organise a community health visit for those people who have been given the all-clear by their GP.
This was my first time working in an international campaign and it was an absolute joy to work alongside people who genuinely believe that it is the best way to help those people.
It was a big responsibility, but it has paid off.
We’ve seen a rise in the number of people arriving with their family members to be treated at my hospital.
This has been an absolutely massive relief for us.
I am also a huge supporter of the British Red Cross.
This charity provides support and assistance to those who are affected by Ebola and to those people whose loved ones have been infected.
They’re all very compassionate and kind people who want to help people who are sick.
As a local GP, I know that the NHS is struggling with staffing shortages, so we’re seeing people travelling overseas to seek treatment.
But the response to the Ebola crisis has been incredible.
As we speak, we have the largest Ebola response in Britain and a record number of new cases.
So far, the number in the United Kingdom has fallen by more than half.
I want to be absolutely clear about the number who have died.
As you know, the first cases of Ebola in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been confirmed in the US.
However, our first cases have been in Nigeria.
In Nigeria, there have been some 4,400 confirmed Ebola cases.
That is a huge drop.
And it means that our response has been absolutely incredible.
It means that we are seeing the virus being controlled.
It also means that the number that are in quarantine is dropping.
It is now down to just over 3,000 people in the country.
It has helped us to make huge strides in terms of the quality of care we are receiving.
However we still need to be prepared for more infections.
So I think that the fact that so many people are travelling to the United States and Europe is important.
However our response to Ebola is also very important.
I think it is important to recognise that this is a new virus and there is still a lot of work to be done.
So our main focus is to make sure we have all the support we need to get the disease under control, to make that as safe as possible for those in the community who are at risk, to do everything we can to reduce the spread of the disease.
There is an awful lot of fear around this outbreak and the fears about Ebola.
But it’s important to be realistic about how far this virus is going to spread.
It could be a very dangerous virus.
The fear is that it could spread rapidly to other countries and affect many people, but the virus itself is not contagious.
The only way to be very safe is to get it under control and make sure that we have a very strong public health response.
So we need as many resources as we can, and we need all the resources that we can.
The main focus of the UK Red Cross is to work with people who need help, including those who have not been vaccinated, and to help them to get tested for the virus, which we know they need.
But they are also going to need to have their contact with other people to have any hope of getting their health tested.
So as long as people are being tested, we can’t be complacent about the outbreak.
It will still be a dangerous virus and it will need to go through the usual process of being tested for, which is very difficult to do when people are living in a very remote area.
So for those who can’t travel, we are going to continue to make every effort to provide them with as much support as possible.
But, we will not be complacently responding.
The UK Red Bank has a huge role to play.
It can support people who may need help in their communities, so they can get their health checked.
It may be useful for people who might have to stay home.
We are supporting people in isolation and in isolation centres.