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Curran Hospital Seeks Pre-Equipping To Fight Ebola
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Curran Hospital Seeks Pre-Equipping To Fight Ebola
By Korboi Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent

ZORZOR, April 2 (LINA) -The Chief Administrator of the Lutheran Church-operated Curran Hospital in Zorzor District, Lofa County is seeking support from government and international partners to pre-position needed equipment and supplies to make the hospital more effective in combating the Ebola virus.

Mr. Peter Flomo said the hospital currently needs an additional ambulance, washable mattresses, and protective garments, among other essentials, to be used in isolated rooms for the treatment of Ebola patients. whenever there is an outbreak of the virus in the area.

Recently, a patient was diagnosed with the Ebola disease in Zorzor District.

Speaking in a telephone interview with the Liberia News Agency Wednesday from Zorzor City, Mr. Flomo pointed out that the Curran Hospital serves as a referral hospital for people in Zorzor and Salayea Districts, as well as some towns in neighboring Guinea, and stressed the need for additional logistics to enhance the performance of health workers at the hospital in combating the Ebola disease.

He said the ambulance would serve as a standby for patients with such isolated medical cases like Ebola, while the washable mattresses, preventive garments and other materials would also be used in isolated rooms.

He noted that ordinary patients cannot ride the same ambulance and share rooms with people suspected of carrying the Ebola virus.

In related development, Mr. Flomo has disclosed that health workers in Salayea and Zorzor districts, in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee, have begun an awareness campaign on the Ebola virus, to educate citizens of the area about the dangers of Ebola and
preventive measures to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

He said the awareness campaign began since the outbreak of the disease in the county about two weeks ago.

Flomo said information about the Ebola virus are disseminated through community radio stations in these districts, while the awareness campaign is being carried out in market places, schools, hospitals and clinics as well as other public places.

He also disclosed that a medical review committee, comprising the medical director, administrator and nursing director of the Zorzor Curran Hospital, has been set up to review all medical cases and respond to critical cases, especially when patients show symptoms such as diarrhea, high fever, vomiting and running stomach, among others.

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