Chinese-run Ebola treatment centre ready to receive patients

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China opened an Ebola treatment centre on Tuesday in Liberia, one of the countries hardest hit by the deadly virus.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf toured the new 100-bed centre near Monrovia, as rows of uniformed Chinese army medics stood at attention.
The facility, which is air-conditioned and has digital document-keeping, will start accepting patients next week, Chinese Embassy officials said.
The white building with a blue roof and red signs with Chinese characters on them was built in the parking lot of a stadium outside Liberia’s capital.
China is Africa’s largest trading partner and has especially close ties with Liberia, where many Chinese firms won contracts for post-war reconstruction projects.
It has pledged 81 million (m) US dollars in aid to West Africa to stem the Ebola outbreak and has also sent at least 200 medical staff and promised more.
Ebola has infected more than 15,000 people, the majority of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and has taken an especially high toll on health workers.
That has depleted the ranks of doctors and nurses in countries that had too few to begin with just when they needed them most.

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