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Relocate Connaught Ebola Observation Unit

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

National Drugs Supervisor of Health For All Coalition (HFAC) has called for the immediate relocation of the Ebola Observation Unit established at the Connaught Hospital in central Freetown to Lakka in the outskirts of the city.

According to Daniel Sowa, people going for treatment at the Connaught Hospital now prefer to use the gate by the mortuary instead of the main entrance for fear of coming in contact with “victims of the virus”.

He claimed that many people have ceased going to the hospital for medical checkups following the setting-up of the Ebola Observation Unit to observe people suspected of contracting the deadly virus.
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“We are calling on the authorities concern to immediately relocate the Ebola Observation Unit at the Connaught Hospital to the Lakka hospital because it is not ideal. Its very presence there is a recipe for many people to contract the virus in the city,” Sowa said.

The HFAC National Drugs Supervisor maintained that the hospital is an EPI center as well as a teaching hospice with lots of visitors on a daily basis, including relatives of suspected Ebola victims; a development he said makes it dangerous for the Ebola unit to be hosted at the main referral hospital in the country.

Regarding the present trend of the Ebola virus in the country, Mr. Sowa said the infection rate is on the increase although it is plummeting in Kailahun District where it started in May “but at a very slow pace”.

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