A 50-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) built in Buchanan by the American Government was dedicated on Monday, December 22.
During the dedicatory program held at the ETU site in Own Your Own Community in Buchanan, the Medical Coordinator of the Buchanan ETU, Dr. Ellen Einterz, said the unit has four steps in helping patients that will be infected with the virus.
Dr. Eintrez named these steps as transporting cases, making diagnosis in 24 hours, treating patients with Ebola treatment protocols and providing psycho-social treatment for patients.
She disclosed that there are over 175 employees assigned at the unit and that 150 of this number are national staffs, while 25 international staffs.
In remarks at the occasion, the Superintendent of Grand Bassa County, Madam Etweda Cooper said she wished no citizen of Grand Bassa would enter the treatment unit. She however expressed gratitude that the unit had been established in Buchanan, describing the initiative as vital.
The Grand Bassa County Superintendent who dedicated the facility said, “when Ebola dies down in Liberia, clinical training given to Liberians will enable them combat the disease whenever it resurfaces.”
Present at the opening program were representatives from WHO, WFP, Concern World Wide, IOM, UNMIL HOFO and Red Cross, among others.