Senate Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Peter Coleman
Senator Sees Better Ebola Response With More Beds At JFK, ELWA
By: Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, August 24 (LINA) - Senate Health Committee Chairman, Dr. Peter Coleman, has said there would be improvement in the level of Ebola response with the completion of additional bed space at both JFK and ELWA hospitals.
Senator Coleman made the disclosure recently while addressing the plenary on reasons why the Ebola response centers have not been able to cater for large numbers of infected persons.
Coleman, a medical doctor, noted that each of the two facilities would be able to serve over 100 new patients, and together, they would serve over 250 persons who urgently need attention.
The Grand Kru Senator said that the absence of a treatment center was a fundamental reason why there was limited response by health teams when called to assist persons needing help.
Meanwhile, Senators Thomas Grupee of Nimba County and George Tengbeh of Lofa County have called for attention to be given their counties in the next stage of the response.
Grupee said Nimba need more attention due to its high population and large number of health facilities.
He said with 64 health facilities in the county, there is a need for each of these facilities to be ready for the possibility of dealing with cases that may arise.
For his part, Tengbeh called for more sensitization in rural areas in order to reduce the number of new cases, particularly since these areas are far from the treatment facilities being built.