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Govt To Build 16 More ETUs Nationwide
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Acting Justice Minister and Attorney-General of Liberia, Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh





Gov’t To Build 16 More ETUs Nationwide
By Richard Stephens

MONROVIA, October 13 (LINA) - Government has disclosed plans to construct sixteen new Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) to increase the total number of ETU beds to over 2,000 across the country.

Making remarks on behalf of the government at the formal opening of the October Term of the Supreme Court of Liberia
Monday, acting Justice Minister and Attorney-General of Liberia, Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh, said a new Community Care Center (CCC) is being developed to cater for patients who may not yet be showing symptoms of Ebola.

He said patients who are suspected of contracting the Ebola disease can also be isolated and given care at the Center, while waiting to be transferred to an ETU, if necessary.

The provision of psycho-social support to individuals, families and communities affected by the Ebola virus and to frontline workers, Cllr. Sannoh said, is ongoing with every ETU having at least one mental health professional and two social workers.

The acting Justice Minister further reported that in order to ensure that Ebola messages reach every segment and sector of the country, the ongoing Ebola awareness campaign has received a boost with over one hundred teachers being trained to disseminate anti-Ebola messages.

He explained that safe management and disposal of dead bodies remains central to the fight against the Ebola virus, adding, “up to today, there are 29 burial teams across the country with 10 in Montserrado County alone, and plans are at foot to increase the number to 20 in the county.”

Cllr. Sannoh also revealed that two new laboratories have been set up with one at the Island Clinic and the other in Bong County, which has significantly increased the testing capacity and reduced the delays in getting results from Ebola tests.

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