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RSLAF opens new Ebola treatment centre

DECEMBER, 2,  2014

The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) has established a new Ebola treatment centre at the facilities of the 34 Military Hospital in Freetown.

The new treatment centre was officially opened yesterday with the first batch of eight suspected and confirmed cases transferred from the holding centre of the 34 Military Hospital.

Commanding Officer of the Joint Medical Unit (JMU) and head of the 34 Military Hospital, Colonel Professor Foday Sahr, said the treatment centre would accommodate 40 suspected and confirmed Ebola patients at a time, adding that the centre would increase its capacity and that it would be entirely manned by RSLAF doctors and nurses.

Col. Sahr noted that the two medical doctors who had been admitted with the Ebola virus at the Hastings treatment centre were “very stable”. He confirmed that Dr. Konoyiema and Dr. Komba Songu-M’briwa had been transferred from the treatment ward to the convalescent or recovery ward since last Saturday.

Colonel Professor Sahr further disclosed that the infected medical doctors would be discharged following their confirmation tests this week.

Giving the statistics of the cases at the Hastings treatment centre since its establishment on the 19 September this year, Col. Sahr said as at 29 November, 585 patients had been admitted at the centre with 363 discharges and 155 deaths.

Credit: Media Operations Cell, RSLAF Headquarters

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