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As UNMEER boss visits AU-run Ebola centre…

Only 3 patients at Magbenteh treatment centre

January 21, 2015

UNMEER Chief Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed commends staff of the Magbenteh centre

UNMEER Chief Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed commends staff of the Magbenteh centre

The AU-run Ebola Treatment Centre in Magbenteh, near Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone is having only three Ebola patients undergoing treatment at the facility. This was disclosed by the center coordinator, Dr. John SSentanu of Uganda, during the visit yesterday by the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed.

“I am very happy with the work you are doing. I want to commend the African Union for their support,” Mr. Ahmed told the multinational group of medical practitioners, including Nigerians, Ugandans and Ethiopians.

Dr. SSentanu informed the UNMEER boss that they have so far treated 157 Ebola patients of which 101 survived. That is about 66% survival rate, which is one of the highest in the country. That number includes 11 children and two pregnant women.

“There are only 3 Ebola patients undergoing treatment at the centre,” he said.

As a result, Dr. SSentanu said that with declining Ebola infections, there are now plans to treat patients whose Ebola tests are negative but may have other illness.

The SRSG, who is on a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, was accompanied on the trip to Magbenteh by Amadu Kamara, UNMEER crisis manager for Sierra Leone.