Ebola treatment centre – plan of Kerry Town
Image by DFID – UK Department for International Development
The UK’s first Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone opened to patients today in Kerry Town, near the country’s capital, Freetown (Wednesday 5 November).
Funded by UK aid and built by the British Army, the facility includes an 80 bed treatment centre to be managed by Save the Children and a 12 bed centre (due to increase to 20 beds in the new year) staffed by UK military medics specifically for health care workers and international staff responding to the Ebola crisis.
The scale of the Ebola crisis has left Sierra Leone with a severe shortage of beds to treat Ebola patients. The WHO estimates that there are currently just 326 treatment beds in Sierra Leone.
The site also hosts an Ebola testing laboratory run by British scientists to accurately diagnose patients. The lab began operating last week and has doubled the country’s lab capacity.
Construction has also begun on 5 other treatment facilities at Port Loko, Makeni, Moyamba and 2 more centres in Freetown. Once built these facilities will take the number of UK-supported beds to over 700, providing direct medical care to up to 8,800 patients over 6 months.
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Graphic: Ricci Coughlan/DFID
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