Via FrontPageAfrica: Hospitals Poised to Reopen as Liberia Launches Operation 'White Shield'. Excerpt:
Amid huge public outcry about the prolonged closure of various public health facilities, the government of Liberia has announced the reopening of several hospitals in Monrovia and its environs with the launch of Operations White Shield which will see the Armed Forces of Liberia setting up checkpoints to restrict the movement of people from Ebola affected zones as a safety,measure against further spread.
Addressing journalists at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism on Thursday, Information Minister Lewis Brown disclosed that the John F. Kennedy Emergency Unit has already been reopened and the hospital will be fully operational by the weekend while the Redemption Hospital in New Kru town will open its door on Friday, Aug 8, 2014, beginning with the Outpatient Department (OPD) and the emergency section, and the hospital will be fully operational on Monday Aug 11, 2014.
Training for health care workers and medical staff of the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital where two American Doctors contracted the Ebola virus while attending to patients resulting in closure begun on Thursday, August 7, 2014, and the facility is expected to be opened by Monday, Minister Brown said.
According to Minister Brown, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is positioning itself to rapidly respond to all the emergencies adding that a special team will be situated at the redemption hospital to respond to emergencies at the Bushrod Island area while a similar team will be positioned at the JFK to respond to emergencies from the Sinkor and the Paynesville area.
Another respond team will be situated at James David Jr. Hospital in Neezoe community, to respond to emergencies from the Jacob Town and Gardnerville area, Brown dislcsoed.
Said Minister Brown: “Similar training and detail procedures to limit the risk of exposure of health care workers are ongoing across the country. These safety measures and protocols will be monitored and supervised by the Liberia Medical and Dental Council. The eighty bed Ebola treatment facility at the ELWA compound will be completed in a week. A team of Ugandan health care workers including two doctors are in the country, curtsey of the World Health Organization (WHO) to partner and train Liberians who are managing the LY treatment center.”
Naming four ‘no go zone’ counties (Gbarpolu, Bomi, Cape Mount and Lofa counties) that have been quarantined by the government to further prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, Minister Brown warned individuals in unaffected areas to remain in their counties and continue to take the necessary preventive measures announced by the health experts.
Numbers will still go up
Minister Brown said while the government will continue to work with her international partners, to contain the outbreak and treat victims of the virus, conforming to worst fears the infection figures are likely to rise before they begin to level off and fall.