The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism has disclosed that several medical facilities closed as a result of the deadly Ebola will resume full operation beginning today.
Disclosing this at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Information Minister, Lewis Brown said Liberia has entered into a critical stage in the combat against the Ebola outbreak. Min. Brown added that the full machinery of the government is dedicated to tackling this virus. Over the next few days, the deployment of security personnel as part of Operation White Shield will be completed, and the increase in emergency healthcare support to affected areas, including Lofa, Bong, Cape Mount and BomiCounties will begin.
He noted, “Training, and in many cases retraining of medical staffs and healthcare workers have been ongoing. The JFK completed their training yesterday and will reopen its doors beginning with the Emergency and the OBGYN sections today. The hospital will become fully operational by the weekend. Similar training began at the Redemption Hospital on yesterday after decontamination and fumigation of the facility. Redemption will open its doors tomorrow beginning with the Out-PatientDepartment, OBGYN and the Emergency sections. The Redemption Hospital is expected to become fully operational by Monday.”
At the ELWA Hospital, according to Minister Brown, decontamination and fumigation began on Wednesday, while training for healthcare workers and medical staffs commencedyesterday. He added that the doors of the ELWA Hospital are expected to be reopened by Monday. Brown said similar training and detailed procedures to limit the risks of exposure of healthcare workers are ongoing across the country and have been completed in various clinics and community health centers. He said these safety measures and protocols will be monitored and supervised by the Liberia Medical and Dental Council.
The MICAT boss noted that the 80-bed Ebola Treatment Facility at ELWA will be completed in a week and a team of Ugandan healthcare workers, including 2 doctors are in the country, courtesy of the WHO, to partner and train Liberians who are managing the ELWA Treatment Center with support from the MSF and the WHO.
Minister Brown stated further that the Command and Response Control Center is relocated to the facilities of the General Services Agency. He said a call center has been activated, while testing is ongoing, recruitment and training began yesterday. He said the Call Center will become fully operational by Friday adding, “We are grateful to all those who have volunteered and Cellcom for providing the capacity for these expanded services.”
Brown said in and around Monrovia, the Ministry of Health is positioning itself to respond to emergencies. He said a special team is being located at the Redemption Hospital to respond to emergencies from the Bushrod Island areas, while similar team is being positioned at the JFK to respond to emergencies from the Sinkor areas and a third team will be positioned at the JDJ Hospital to respond to emergencies from the Jacob Town,Gardnersville areas. He added that the teams will be expanded as needed and required.