Ministry Of Health Building
Health Ministry Releases Ebola Update On 3 Counties
By: Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, August 13 (LINA) - The Ministry of Health has released update on Treatment Units for three counties under the Incident Management System.
The update, which is contained in the Ministry of Health Summary Notes on Incident Management System, highlights information on the treatment units of Montserrado, Lofa and Bong Counties from August 11-12 2014.
In Montserrado, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working at full speed to build the capacity of the ELWA treatment center three to at least 80 beds, the report says.
It reveals that MSF is at the same time training staff for the center to begin work on August 17 as construction work at the center is expected to be completed on Wednesday, August 13.
According to the update, an Ebola transit center has been opened in Voinjama, Lofa County to complement the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) which is being managed by MSF, as the transit center will be attending to patients especially from Barkedu.
The Ministry of Health, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MSF are working with Save the Children at an ETU in Bong County and that Save the Children will help in coordinating the ETU and not case Management, the update explained.
Under external partners support, the report disclosed that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has brought in a team of medical experts to work with the airports to support airport screenings to reduce the risk of people traveling without appropriate clearance and to maintain confidence in air travel among air carriers, travelers and airports authority.
CDC,in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO), is also bringing in the country lab experts to set up a lab in Foya, Lofa County and they are expected to arrive on August 16, the report states.
MSF, in partnership with the Health Ministry, has promised to distribute hygiene kits and do household health promotion in Monrovia, while CDC is expected to bring another laboratory team, a mobile lab to be deployed in Bong County depending on the situation in Nigeria, the update explains.