Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankhan, Chief of Staff of the AFL
AFL Building ETUs In 7 Counties
MONROVIA, October 7 (LINA) Engineers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), with logistics and technical support from the US Army, have started construction of nine Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in seven counties.
The process started September 11, 2014 when AFL Engineering team, with an initial strength of 20 personnel, started reconnaissance in the selected counties with assistance from technicians of the US SEABEES.
The beneficiaries are Lofa, Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Nimba.
Two ETU sites are planned for Lofa (Voinjama and Zorzor), for Nimba at the Ganta Methodist Hospital and the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita.
The rest of the single ETUs will be built in Margibi (Bong Mines area), Grand Bassa (BRE Compound, Own Your Own Community), Bomi (Government Hospital - Tubmanburg), Grand Cape Mount (Sinje) and Bong (Totota).
According to a Ministry of Defense release, initially, AFL Engineers conducted the surveys, did the Bill of Quantities and designed the various ETU sites to be constructed across Liberia.
Commencing the project, the AFL Engineers augmented their strength to 40 personnel and will simultaneously construct one ETU each in Bomi, Bassa and Grand Cape Mount counties.
This will take between five to 12 days to be completed and presented to the Liberian Government, the release said.
Addressing reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony and receipt[O1] the logistical materials at the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, on October 3, Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankhan, Chief of Staff of the AFL, stated that the undertaking was a joint operation between the U S Military and the AFL.
General Ziankhan said the project will last for between five to 12 weeks and the units will contain between 80 and 100 beds, noting that the AFL Engineers were already in Grand Bassa County carrying out geological survey.
The AFL, which has now rolled out into civil-military operations, according to the Chief of Staff, is doing everything to support the health sector and remains committed to serving the people and nation.
Also, speaking to journalists, Brigadier General Peter Corey of the U S Department of Defense (DOD) added that their support is tied to the USAID, which is the lead federal agency responsible for the U.S. response to fighting Ebola and assisting the Liberian Government.
He said they are providing financial assistance and technical and logistical assistance in partnership with the AFL and in support of the civilian leadership.
General Corey said the DOD will not provide treatment, instead will leave that to other agencies and the USAID as well as the Liberian Government to determine who manages and provides healthcare for the facilities upon their completion.