By Antoinette Sendolo
The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health is expected to close four Ebola Treatment Units in Monrovia.
Those ETUs to be closed by the Ministry of Health are Ministry of Defense Ebola Treatment Unit one and two, Island Clinic ETU and the Unity Conference Center ETU.
According to the National chair of case management at the Incident Management System of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, the closing of the four ETUs is due to the decline in the number of new Ebola cases in the country noting that the four ETUs are not needed.
“The closure of the ETUs does not mean that Ebola is gone from Liberia; Ebola is still here so the preventive measures have to continue until Liberia is declared Ebola-free,” Dr. Massaquoi warned.
He said the two ETUs on the Ministry of defense site will officially close on February 25 in order to make way for the new Ministerial Complex disclosing that the Unity conference Center ETU was officially closed on February 1, and the Island Clinic ETU which is also closed will be reopened in early March with reduced number of patients’ beds stressing that there will still be three ETUS open in Montserrado County which could accommodate up to four hundred and fifty patients.
“The process of decommissioning is very safe because the Ministry of Health has assigned teams with expertise in decontamination work on this process to ensure that ETUs are disinfected and contaminated objects are destroyed,” he further explained.
The head of case Management said ETUs are still opened in twelve counties and two more are expected to be opened in the next two weeks.