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NGO Turns Over Ebola Treatment Unit In Bong
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
SUAKOKO, September 11 (LINA) - Save the Children on Wednesday turned over an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) it constructed at a cost of US$170,000 to the Government of Liberia.
Turning the facility over in Suakoko, Bong County, Save the Children acting Country Director, Mrecy Gichuhi, said the project is the result of a request from the Bong County Health Team (CHT) for a treatment center following the outbreak of the disease in the county.
Gichuhi said instead of the 20-bed facility the CHT requested, the center has a 50-bed capacity fully furnished and equipped, wide a wide range of visibility and security fence.
She noted that the ETU project is part of assistance Save the Children continues to give to citizens in Bong, Nimba and Margibi counties through the Health Ministry the terms in medical supplies, sanitary and survival kits, among others.
She assured her institution’s commitment to continue supporting government in the fight against the Ebola disease, and lauded the Bong CHT and all who are partnering in implementing the project, including UNMIL, Living Water International, and the local leadership of the county.
In remarks, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy thanked Save the Children for the project and said it will contribute to reducing the death toll from the Ebola virus.
She said as Save the Children caters for the young ones, it would be worthy to initiate a program caring for children left behind by their parents who died of Ebola.
The 50-bed unit has two compartments - red and green zones - , two 7.5kva generators supplied by UNMIL, a washing room with two washing machines, a dressing room for nurses, several latrine facilities on both sides and a mortuary, among others.
The Bong ETU will be operated by the International Medical Corps and is expected to open by mid September.