Via FrontPageAfrica: From MSF to MMU - IMS Confirms Isolation of Active Ebola Contact. Excerpt:
Monrovia - FrontPageAfrica has reliably learned that the government of Liberia has transferred the only known Ebola case from the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) run ELWA-3 Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) near Monrovia to the Monrovia Medical Unit run by the United States Public Health Service.
Patient Ruth Tugbeh who allegedly contracted the virus through sexual intercourse with a male Ebola Survivor was receiving treatment at the MSF facility, but has been moved to the MMU because of the closure of the MSF facility in the ELWA area.
MSF stated in a release issued in Monrovia that it is shutting down the facility due to the decreased number of Ebola cases in Liberia and that the facility is now being prepared for handover to the Liberian Ministry of Health. With a capacity of 250 beds at the peak of the outbreak in September-October 2014, ELWA 3 was the largest Ebola treatment centre that existed in Liberia during the height of the deadly outbreak.
Currently in Liberia there is only one confirmed Ebola patient, but the handover of ELWA3 to the Liberian Ministry of Health does not represent the end of MSF’s engagement in Liberia and against Ebola according to MSF.
“We know that we have not reached the end of the fight against Ebola in Liberia. Nevertheless, we are pleased with the positive results that the country has achieved in turning the tide against the virus. But we remain vigilant with a confirmed case in the country and many contacts to trace and monitor,” stated Mariateresa Cacciapuoti, MSF Emergency Coordinator in Liberia. “We must adapt our operations to the evolution of context,” continues Cacciapuoti.
“We continue to be vigilant and ready to respond in case the number of Ebola cases rises again. But we also must reinforce and work on access to medical care for non-Ebola patients. It is crucial to restore the health system.”
The MMS was initially opened to treat heath workers infected with the deadly Virus in Liberia both local and international and has been treating patients since