Senate Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Peter Coleman
Doctor Senator Upbeat Ebola Response Will Improve
By: Winnie Dixon (Intern)
MONROVIA, August 21 (LINA) - Senate Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Peter Coleman, says he is optimistic that there would be an improvement in the level of Ebola response upon the completion of additional bed space at both the JFK and ELWA hospitals.
Senator Coleman, who is a medical doctor, was speaking Tuesday when he addressed the Senate plenary on reasons why the response centers have not been able to cater to the needs of all Ebola patients.
Even though he did not indicate the timeline, he noted that each of the facilities would be able to serve over 100 new patients, and together, they would serve over 250 persons who urgently need attention.
Coleman attributed the inability of health teams to adequately respond to the call of sick persons to the absence of adequate treatment centers.
Meanwhile, Senators Thomas Grupee of Nimba and George Tengbeh of Lofa counties have called for attention to be paid to their counties in the next stage of the Ebola response.
Senator Grupee requested for attention to be given Nimba due to its high population and large number of health facilities.
He said with 64 health facilities in the county, there was a need for each of these places to be prepared to deal with cases that may arise.
For his part, Senator Tengbeh requested for more sensitization in rural areas in order to reduce the number of new cases there, especially as they are far from the Ebola treatment facilities being built.