Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General
U.S-Run Ebola Field Hospital Discharges First Patients
MONROVIA, November 26 (LINA) – The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has announced that two patients, both Liberian healthcare workers who recovered from the Ebola virus disease, have been released from the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU).
Stanley Sayonkon, a 42-year-old nurse and Mark Tate, a 43-year-old clinic records specialist, were admitted to the MMU, a 25-bed field hospital constructed by the U.S. Department of Defense earlier this month and were successfully treated for Ebola.
The MMU’s mission is to care for health care workers who become infected with Ebola.
A US Embassy release issued in Monrovia Wednesday said before they left the facility, both men left their “mark of survival,” a yellow handprint, on the MMU’s Ebola survival wall.
The colors of the wall, maritime blue and quarantine yellow, are the official colors of the USPHS and symbolic of the long history of the USPHS’ fight against infectious pathogens.
The release said they expressed gratitude to the staff of the MMU for providing care, and helping them recover from Ebola.
“We couldn’t be more honored to have Mr. Sayonkon and Mr. Tate walk out of the clinic cured of Ebola,” Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General, said.
“They are health care heroes. I also want to thank all our officers for their superb service in providing care to Mr. Sayonkon and Mr. Tate, and to future health care workers, who may seek care at the MMU,” the US surgeon said.
The MMU is staffed by a specialized team of officers from the USPHS Commissioned Corps.
This mission is led by Rear Admiral Scott Giberson, Acting U.S. Deputy Surgeon General.