Chairman on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman
‘More Beds For Ebola Centers In 2 Weeks’ -- Senator Coleman
By Winnie Dixon
MONROVIA, September 12 (LINA) – The Senate Committee Chairman on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, has disclosed that the government will make available 1,000 more bed space in two weeks to enhance the capacity of Ebola treatment units to accommodate more patients.
Coleman observed that treatment units have been compelled to turn away patients due to lack of adequate bed space.
Recently, the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) announced its inability to cater for additional Ebola patients because it was overwhelmed by the influx of Ebola patients and had limited bed space.
Making the disclosure during regular sessions at the senate on Thursday, the senator indicated that even though there are lot more cases every day, the government is concerned about the “survivability of its citizens and would do all to ensure the virus becomes a history in the country.”
He said for the government to speedily defeat the fight, 200 of the bed space would be transferred to the Island Clinic on the Bushrod Island, while the Antoinette Tubman Stadium would also be used as a temporary Ebola unit.
Senator Coleman then lauded the government for its role in ensuring that communities are part of the fight, adding, “Communities are actively involved in contact tracing and residents are showing up at various facilities for voluntary testing.”
He called on critics to stop calling for the government to outsource the management of the Ebola fight, because most of the services have been taken over by International partners like the MSF and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others.