Health Ministry Building
Health Official Raps On Benefits Treatment Centers
By Richard Stephens
MONROVIA, August 19(LINA) - An official of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has said the creation of the new Ebola Treatment Centers (ETCs) at the JFK and ELWA hospitals will reduce the problem congestion the ministry is faced with in accommodating Ebola patients.
Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, who is also head of the Ebola Management System, said the ETCs at the JFK has the capacity to accommodate 40 Ebola patients, while the new center at the ELWA hospital code-named ELWA#2 will host 120 patients.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Mr. Nyenswah made the disclosure Tuesday in an interview with reporters on the compound of the Ministry of Health in Paynesville City.
He added that the earlier center at the ELWA hospital code-named ELWA#3 has the capacity to host 77 Ebola patients, and hoped that the number would increase to 300 patients in the next few weeks.
Nyenswah said among other things, the centers will also provide psychosocial support and blood transfusion to patients.
He urged citizens and residents of the country to avoid body contacts and regularly wash their hands as preventive measures against the Ebola virus.
The health official has meanwhile lauded the continuous efforts of international partners in the fight against the Ebola epidemic since its outbreak in Liberia more than five months ago.