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WHO Tells Liberia to Increase Hospital Beds for Ebola Patients.

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The World Health Organization said Ebola treatment centers in and around Monrovia need to triple their capacity to 1000 beds, because as more people become …


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The World Health Organization said Ebola treatment centers in and around
Monrovia need to triple their capacity to 1,000 beds, because as more
people become ill and they seek treatment, clinics are having to turn some
patients away.
Ebola treatment units in Monrovia are filled to overflowing. Each is only
able to take in a trickle of new patients as beds become free.
The ELWA-3 clinic is no exception.
A VOA reporter outside the clinic saw a woman vomiting in the back of a
taxi Tuesday morning as her sister, wearing gloves, held her. The taxi
driver had run away, abandoning the vehicle.
Three other cars parked nearby each had a sick person sprawled in the back
seat.
Resident Jerry Dope said he had been driving since sunrise, trying to find
health care for his nephew, who was ill. The ELWA-3 clinic is the third
care center they had visited.
“I brought my nephew. He has been sick. His skin is hot with fever. We
brought him here this morning, but we are told there is no space in there,
so we are confused,” said Dope. “We don’t know where to go. We don’t know
where to head right now.”
Not enough hospital beds
A guard at the clinic said it has been like this for the past three weeks.
“We see sometimes three, four cars coming in front of the gate and then
sometimes only one will be [attended] to, and the rest remain there until
they are dead,” the guard said.
The ELWA-3 clinic, run by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
[MSF], is the largest in Monrovia. They are in the process of expanding
from 120 beds to 400 beds.
Crews are working around the clock to get a new government-run treatment
unit, with 100 beds, open later this week in Monrovia.
But the World Health Organization said that is not enough. The caseload is
exploding in Montserrado County, which contains the capital.
The WHO said 1,000 beds are needed and that hundreds of health workers must
also be trained to staff the new treatment units.
WHO spokesman Tarik Jasaveric said, “All these [sick] people who are
outside may potentially infect other people, so this is why we are saying
it is really urgent to step up the response.”
Public health experts said survival chances are better for those patients
who get supportive medical care soon after symptoms start.
Liberia crisis
Liberia’s defense minister told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday the Ebola
virus has become a health emergency surpassing his government’s capacity to
respond.
Liberia is the hardest hit of the West African countries affected by the
ongoing outbreak of the disease. Nine of the country’s 15 counties are
currently affected and the Ministry of Health has put the number of
reported cases above 2,000 with over 1,000 deaths.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the West African Ebola outbreak has climbed
to 2,296 – an increase of 200 in just four days.
The World Health Organization’s latest update on the crisis, released
Tuesday, says a total of nearly 4,300 cases of Ebola have been reported
across five West African countries.
Just under half of all reported cases and deaths come from Liberia. A WHO
report on Liberia, released Monday, warned the number of new cases there is
“increasing exponentially” and said thousands of new patients can be
expected over the next three weeks.
The WHO says “intense transmission” of the disease also continues in Guinea
and Sierra Leone
Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie Samukai told the Security Council that
Ebola is affecting every sector of society.
“We are meeting at a time when Liberia is facing a serious threat to its
national existence. The deadly Ebola virus has caused a disruption of the
normal functioning of our state,” said Samukai.
He said the government has taken emergency steps to limit the spread of the
disease including declaring a 90-day state of emergency, putting
non-essential government employees on leave, quarantining severely affected
communities and imposing a nationwide curfew.
“In spite of all these measures, continued denial, traditional practices,
religious rituals, fear and community resistance still constitute obstacles
to progress,” said Samukai.
Minister Samukai said the country lacks the infrastructure, logistical
capacity, professional expertise and financial resources to effectively
combat Ebola and he welcomed U.N. and international assistance.
The top U.N. diplomat in Liberia, Karin Landgren, said the spread of the
disease has been “merciless.”
“The speed and scale of loss of lives, and the economic, social, political
and security reverberations of the crisis, are affecting Liberia
profoundly,” said Landgren.

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