Hastings Treatment Centre discharges 56 survivors
Freetown, Dec. 1, 014 (MOHS) – The Hastings Treatment Centre continues to discharge Ebola Survivors with 56 new survivors discharged from the centre on November 29, 2014 at a ceremony held at the Police Training School hall. (Photo: A cross section of the survivors)
The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Atila commended the medical team and other front line staff at the Hastings Treatment Centre for their success story, adding that the country would never forget their good work.
He told his audience that the government has instituted policies against stigmatization, pointing out that legal action would be taken against anyone found guilty of such offence.
The Deputy Minister congratulated the survivors, describing their story as a living testimony that gives hope and courage to seek early treatment. He admonished the survivors to abstain from sex for at least 90 days or use condom to stay healthy and refrain from infecting their loved ones.
Making his statement, the Centre Coordinator, Dr. Santigie Sesay maintained that the centre is purely administered by Sierra Leoneans, adding that since its establishment only two front line workers have contracted the virus. He reiterated their commitment and dedication to service.
Dr. Sesay disclosed that the discharge is the second highest since the inception of the centre in September this year. He said they have admitted 585 patients, and so far discharged 363 survivors. The Centre Coordinator reported 155 deaths, adding that 25 died on arrival.
Making his contribution, the Programme Coordinator of We Care Organization, Mr. Mutada Sesay thanked the health workers and other members of staff for their good work, adding that only God would reward them for such sacrifice.
Other highlights of the ceremony include a presentation by one of the senior staff in the Centre, Lt. Dr. Billy Sankoh of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, a short skit on Ebola prevention by survivors, and the presentation of gifts and discharge certificates.
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