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MSF provides update on ELWA 3 Ebola Centre

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The French charity Medecins Sans Frontiers or Doctors Without Borders continues to render assistance to the Government of Liberia in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak here.

The Ebola outbreak, which started from neighboring Guinea early March, has passed serious challenge to the health sector of Liberia, taking away the lives of health care workers, nurses and Medical Doctors, including ordinary citizens.

MSF Emergency Coordinator Laurence Sailly, told a regular news briefing Monday at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia that the agency is a medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries across the world, adding that the main function is to provide relief after and during natural disasters such as flood or earthquake in any country.

Ms Sailly said MSF helps victims of conflict, including the running of an emergency feeding program during nutritional crisis as well as respond to neglected diseases such as Malaria, HIV and Aids, including Tuberculosis, among others by preventing them from spreading.

According to her, since MSF took over the Ebola Treatment Unit at ELWA 3, its staff has done lot of good work: “MSF has trained 400 community health volunteers to go door-to-door across Monrovia to share messages on how best to prevent Ebola and what to do if a person becomes sick.”

The ELWA3 Ebola Management Centre has 250 beds with 1,052 patients cared for by MSF, 740 of them confirmed Ebola cases with 236 survivors, statistics released by the charity said. She said more than 3,200 people are working with MSF across West Africa, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak, including over 1,375 persons in Monrovia and Lofa County in Liberia.

Ms Sailly noted that MSF’s priority  is to provide patients the best chance of surviving, adding that in order for patients to survive the virus, it had conducted series of consultation with patients at the triage to evaluate if their symptoms are Ebola-related or not.

She said two important steps should be taken for patients, including medication to  help reduce vomiting and diarrhea, and then to make sure enough fluids administered to keep them hydrated to avoid going into shock.

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