Goodmayes charity worker: ‘People thought Ebola was a hoax’ in Sierra Leone

PUBLISHED: 15:42 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:42 11 February 2015

PJ Cole (centre) on the ground in Sierra Leone

PJ Cole (centre) on the ground in Sierra Leone


A charity worker has spoken of the horrors he faced while fighting against the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Speaking in Thursday’s Ilford Recorder, PJ Cole, of Castleton Road, Goodmayes, reveals how initially his native country was in a state of denial.

“They knew something out there was killing people,” said PJ.

“But many people were doubting whether Ebola was even real.

“They were thinking it was a hoax and some even thought the government had done it to get more money.

“We could see people weren’t being quarantined because the response hadn’t gathered the pace they needed it to.”

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