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Magbente Ebola Treatment Unit discharges its first set of survivors

Magbente Ebola Treatment Unit discharges its first set of survivors

The Magbente Ebola Treatment Unit which was officially opened by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in November 16, 2014 has discharged 29 Patients who survived the Ebola Virus Disease as its first set at a ceremony held in Makeni.   (Photo: Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Atila)

The Ebola Treatment Unit which is located in the outskirt of Makeni City in the Makari-Gbanti Chiefdom, manned by the Africa Union (AU) Medical team and Sierra Leonean staff, started full scale operation in November 21, 2014 and had 92 cases as at December 11, 2014 with 29 survivors and 6 deaths.

Addressing the Survivors, family members and dignitaries at the Discharged Ceremony last Thursday November11, 2014, the District Medical Officer Dr. Tom Sesay expressed gratitude to ADDAX for the support to construct the structure and to the Magbenteh Hospital Management for providing the Land.

He described the Makari- Gbanti as hot spots for most of the cases, disclosing that the situation in the Bombali Sebora Chiefdom (Makeni City), is improving.

Dr. Sesay said though the Councils, the District Ebola Response Centre and the District Health Management team have made tremendous contributions to get the Treatment Centre fully functional, yet there are enormous challenges affecting the smooth running of the unit. Among them nutrition he said,  is still a problem as food supply is inadequate, and appealed to the National Ebola Response Centre to speedily address the situation.

The Centre Coordinator Physician Specialist, and Member of the AU Team, Dr. John Ssentamu said the survivors were counseled by the psycho social pillar before their discharge and departure to the various communities, adding that from the current admission of 92 out of which six passed away, they are also expecting to discharge additional survivors that were awaiting final results.

He reaffirmed their commitment to defeat the Ebola before going back home.

Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Atila described Ebola as an invisible enemy and advised the People of Bombali to take the necessary pre -cautionary measures to avert the growing increase in the district. He observed that in spite of the widely spread sensitization and education country wide, disobedience and denial continues, pointing out that Lawlessness of the State of Public Health Emergency would now be resulted to extraordinary measures with drastic action and Law enforcement.

He reminded his audience about the far too doing disobedience, and looks forward to the day Sierra Leone would get a consecutive 42 days zero case nationwide.

“Collective efforts to bring Ebola to an end is what we need now as there is no magic to stop the Ebola tragedy”, Said Deputy Minister, Atila.

Other speakers include the Mayor, Makeni City Madam Sunkari Kamara and Paramount Chief Bai Sebora Karsanigha ll of Bombali Sebora Chiefdom, Bombali district.

By Jonathan Abass Kamara (PRO-MOHS)

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