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Ebola centre nearly ready in Jamaica

Jamaica Observer

Ebola centre nearly ready in Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Construction of the Ebola Treatment Centre at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James is “progressing smoothly” with the facility expected to be completed in a few weeks, the Health Ministry has reported.

Acting Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey who toured the site yesterday indicated that he was pleased with the progress of the construction.

Dr Harvey was accompanied by representatives from the Jamaica Defence Force, Civil Engineers from the Ministry of Health, the Director of Health Systems Planning and Integration in the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation.

The Treatment Centre is a four-bed facility which includes other areas for triaging, sanitising of patients and staff and sterilisation of equipment and supplies.

Dr Harvey said the next step will be to provide training for the staff who will be working at the Treatment Centre as part of preparation for any possibility of Ebola reaching the island.

“The staff will be trained as part of the exercise to be conducted by the Cuban experts who are slated to be in the island this month. The Western Regional Health Authority will also be assigned some of the Cuban health care workers who are slated to arrive in the island this week and who have been trained in Ebola management in Cuba,” Dr Harvey said.

A temporary Ebola isolation and holding area has also been established in a building on the compound of the facility. The area has already been equipped.

The Treatment Centre in the Western Region is one of two that have been established in the island to manage any possible case of Ebola. The other is located at the National Chest Hospital in Kingston. (Jamaica Observer)