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MSF has announced their new 120 bed Ebola treatment center, ELWA3 in Monrovia has admitted its first patients as it is being scaled up.

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MSF Begins Admitting Patients to Ebola Center in Monrovia, Liberia
August 18, 2014


Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) admitted nine patients today into its newly constructed ELWA 3 Ebola Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, beginning a process of scaling up operations at the 120-bed facility.

An Ebola outbreak continues to rage virtually unchecked in this city of approximately one million people, far exceeding the capacity of the few medical facilities accepting Ebola patients. Much of the city’s health system has shut down over fears of Ebola among staff members and patients, leaving many people without treatment for other conditions.

The first nine patients at ELWA 3 were among those seeking treatment at another Ebola center, ELWA 2, which is currently run by the Ministry of Health. MSF will increase the number of patients at ELWA 3 in the coming days, as newly trained staff members gain experience with the safety procedures. MSF currently has 19 international and 250 national staff members in Monrovia.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 3:07 pm 
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VIDEO of new facilty

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Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues construction on the new ELWA 3 Ebola Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, as part of the process of scaling up operations at the 120-bed facility. Read more: http://bit.ly/1Ava8Sz

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Doctors Without Borders Opens New Ebola Ward in Liberia
Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin 2:57 PM ET
Doctors Without Borders just opened a new ward in Monrovia, Liberia to care for the growing number of patients suffering from the virus

In its latest move to combat a growing outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened a new ward in Liberia this week to accept more people confirmed or suspected to be infected with the disease.

“There are some really urgent needs here, and much more needs to be done,” says Tim Shenk, lead field communications officer for MSF, speaking to TIME from nearby the new ward.

The new Ebola management center, called ELWA 3, took just two weeks to build, with the help of MSF staff members and local workers hired by the organization. It opened on Aug. 17, and as of Tuesday, it had 32 patients. MSF’s plan is to gradually increase the number of patients in the facility, as the ward is using a novice staff. MSF will slowly accept more patients as the workers get used to the procedures they must go through to protect themselves from contracting the Ebola virus.

The ward has 120 beds, and its layout is meant to reduce risk of exposure to other victims and those treating them. There’s a low-risk area where physicians and workers put on their protective equipment. After that, they can move on to the high-risk area, which is separated into two parts. Each side has four tents with 15 beds each. One side is for suspected cases, and the other is for confirmed cases. The ward is staffed by some of the MSF’s international staff members as well as local health care workers. The new facility has two doctors, with a third on the way.

The new facility’s first batch of patients are people with suspected Ebola who could not be admitted to a facility run by the Ministry of Health due to lack of space. Liberia has 834 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 466 deaths, per the World Health Organization. Worldwide, there have been 2,240 cases with 1,229 deaths.

“The needs of Ebola patients are greater than our capacity and it’s likely it will remain that way for quite some time,” says Shenk. “That’s why the center was constructed, and it’s certainly the case that there are few places where people can be admitted as Ebola patients in this city.”

Over the weekend, reports came out of Monrovia that patients in a temporary holding and quarantine center were missing as members of the community raided the facility. Shenk says that’s not the type of reaction they are experiencing, but that the event proves there needs to be more international support for educating and sensitizing communities on what Ebola is and how it can be prevented.

“Now, not only do we need to contain the outbreak, but we need to respond to the urgent needs of people affected, like kids,” says Shenk. “Schools have shut down, family members have died. These are very urgent social needs. It’s a disaster, and it’s in need of a greater response.”

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Ebola Outbreak May Quiet As Doctors Without Borders Opens New Ward For Ill Patients In Liberia
By Lizette Borreli | Aug 19, 2014 05:30 PM EDT
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Doctors Without Borders opens up a new Ebola ward to offer urgent medical care for suspecting and ill patients in Liberia, possibly limiting spread. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
Amid increasing Ebola death tolls, looting in clinics, and the shutdown of many social institutions since the Ebola outbreak, there seems to be a beacon of hope for patients in Liberia as Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opens a new clinic in Monrovia. In an effort to combat the growing outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa, the ward was quickly built in two weeks, with the help of MSF staff and local workers by the organization. Now it aims to gradually treat patients in the facility, including ones who are suspected but have not yet had confirmation of Ebola, to reduce the risk of exposure.

“There are some really urgent needs here, and much more needs to be done,” Tim Shenk, lead field communications officer for MSF, told Time. Currently, the clinic has 32 patients and plans to increase while using their novice staff. However, MSF stresses they must first go through the procedures to protect themselves from contracting the Ebola virus.

“The needs of Ebola patients are greater than our capacity and it’s likely it will remain that way for quite some time,” Shenk said about the other medical institutions in the community. “That’s why the center was constructed, and it’s certainly the case that there are few places where people can be admitted as Ebola patients in this city.”

Last Saturday, a Liberian Ebola treatment center located in the Liberian capital was attacked in the country’s largest slum. PBS News Hour reported looters stole medical equipment, food, and blood-stained mattresses, and sheets, under the assumption that patients from other cities were being treated in the facility. However, upon meeting with local community leaders, the Liberian government concluded the attack was a misunderstanding. Moreover, the 17 patients that were missing from the local clinic after the attacks, have been all accounted for, and under treatment.

The new ward will allow more sick patients to receiver proper medical care by providing 120 beds. The clinic’s design is meant to reduce risk of exposure to other victims, and those treating them by dividing it into a low-risk area where physicians and workers put their protective equipment, and a high-risk area separated into two parts. In this area, each side has four tents with 15 beds each, where one side is for suspected cases, while the other is designated for confirmed cases.

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The opening of this ward will have three doctors on site, and provide services to people with suspected Ebola who could not be admitted to a facility run by the Ministry of Health due to no space. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Liberia has 834 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola, with 466 suspected case deaths. Although wards like MSF can help contain the outbreak, MSF believes the outbreak will take at least six months to bring under control.

Meanwhile, three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug for Ebola have shown signs of recovery, although medical experts warn they are not sure if the drug is effective. There still remains a “cautious optimism” since the spread of the virus in Nigeria can be stopped, The Associated Press reported. Since progress is fragile, there could be another Ebola “flare-up.”

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