THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Ebola clinics take on new roles in West Africa

Ebola clinics after the crisis | Courtesy of waterandhealth.org
The role of Ebola treatment clinics in West Africa has a radical shift now that the crisis has passed many of the areas where it was prevalent.

One example is in John Logan Town, which is in Grand Bassa County inside northern Liberia. Approximately 20,000 people traveled from Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Mali to live in the town and work in the nearby mines despite the muddy water that is feet deep. The travelers plan to change their fortunes quickly by striking it rich in the mines.

The area experienced confirmed Ebola cases last month. Given the crowded, less-than-ideal living quarters, the area was susceptible to the infectious disease. Health officials chose to construct an Ebola treatment center that has several buildings housing isolation, triage and treatment rooms, water purification facilities, latrines, and an incinerator.

Despite their plans, Ebola never reached the town. The health workers chose to use the Ebola care center as a basic health center instead, and it has been a success. Many people in the area had contracted and died from preventable diseases, and pregnant women did not have proper care. The next-closest health facility was a long distance away, amounting to a five-hour walk.

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