Ebola treatment centre opens outside the capital Freetown

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An Ebola treatment centre, built by the British army and Sierra Leonean construction workers, opened outside the capital, Freetown this week.
The centre in Kerry Town includes an 80-bed facility to be managed by Save the Children and a 12-bed unit for infected health care workers.
The construction of the treatment facility was funded by the British Department for International Development (DFID) and designed and overseen by British Army Royal Engineers.
The site also hosts an Ebola testing laboratory run by British scientists to diagnose the disease.
The laboratory began operating last week and has doubled the country’s diagnostic capacity.
It’s the first of six centres to be built by Britain in a bid to contain, control and defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone.
Britain’s wider 230 million pound (367 million US dollars) Ebola response package includes funding for burial teams to increase capacity and work with communities on new burial practices, the roll out of up to 200 new community care centres and help to shore up the country’s stretched public health services to help contain the disease.
The aid includes vital supplies, such as chlorine and protective clothing for thousands of health workers.
The total capacity of the 80-bed facility, built of framing covered by white material, will be phased in over coming weeks.
On the first day, two males and one girl, who all tested positive for Ebola, were admitted, according to a spokeswoman for Save the Children which is managing the unit in Kerry Town.

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