AU takes over Makeni Treatment Centre


NOVEMBER 28, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

The newly opened Ebola treatment centre in Makeni is being run by the African Union medical delegation which has deployed 11 doctors at the facility to help the government tackle the Ebola outbreak in the country.

According to the AU Unit Coordinator at the facility, Dr. John V. Sseutamu, eight of the doctors are from around African, while the remaining three are Sierra Leoneans – above the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of eight doctors per 100 beds.

Dr. Sseutamu said the centre was built by Swiss agricultural investment firm Addax Bioenergy and has a maximum capacity of 100 beds, but has so far taken only a handful of patients.

He said the centre is determined to contribute immensely to the number of Ebola survivors, and revealed that more medical personnel are expected to join them in the near future.

He promised to put in place standard operating procedures to minimize the risk of staff working at the centre from contracting the virus

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has announced it would send 100 medical personnel to help the government fight the Ebola epidemic.