Patients leave Ebola treatment centre after doctors gives all clear; UK minister visits

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(22 Oct 2014) A group of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment centre near Freetown after being given the all-clear.
Forty-five patients at the Hastings treatment centre were told on Wednesday they were virus-free and issued with a health certificate which they proudly displayed.
14 year-old survivor Hawanatu Turay said she was happy to feel healthy again.
“I can eat fine, my stomach hurts no more, my head aches no more and also my neck, nothing hurts and I have no more pains,” Turay said.
This was the third group of Ebola survivors to have been discharged from the Hastings treatment centre near Freetown.
The facility, manned exclusively by Sierra Leonean doctors and nurses, started operating on the 19 September and until now has treated and discharged about 130 patients.
Meanwhile the British International Development Secretary Justine Greening was visiting a UK-funded Ebola treatment and training facilities centre.
Greening said the breakdown of the health care system has taken a serious toll on Sierra Leone’s ability to deal with the Ebola crisis.
“We’ve seen health care workers really on the front line and also being many of the people who have lost their lives,” Greening said.

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