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MSF Opens New Children’s Hospital in Monrovia
MONROVIA, April 7 (LINA) -The international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has opened a new pediatric hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
The Children’s Hospital is located on the Bardnesville Road in the municipality of Gardnersville and was opened on March 23, 2015.
According to a MSF press release, the facility only admits pediatric emergencies referred from a community health clinic and does not provide external consultations.
Surgery and treatment for chronic diseases, such as HIV or tuberculosis, are also not available, the release said.
“The Ebola outbreak has extremely weakened the public health services in Liberia. We saw people dying simply because they could not access timely medical care,” said Philippe Le Vaillant, MSF Head of mission in Liberia.
“They were usually suffering from illnesses like severe malaria or typhoid. Pregnant women facing obstetrical complications also have suffered the same fate,” he added.
After consulting with the Ministry of Health, MSF decided to open a new pediatric hospital to increase the capacity to treat non-Ebola related medical emergencies in Monrovia.
According to the release, this 24/7 hospital has opened with 46 beds for children under 5 years old with the capacity to extend up to 100 beds.
MSF has been running the Ebola Treatment Centre ELWA 3 in Monrovia since August 2014 and a transit unit for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital since November.
MSF Center in Foya was closed last December after Lofa County was officially declared Ebola-free.