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The American Government has completed the construction of another Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
As part of efforts to enhance the fight against the Ebola virus, the United States Government promised to construct 17 ETUs across Liberia to enable the Liberian government tackles the virus.
The 100-bed ETU is built on a 4.4 acres of land located in a community called ‘Own your Own’, and has over 12,000 feet of treatment space, 500 gallon water tanks for a total of 3000 gallons as well as three different concentrations of water with chlorination.
Speaking to reporters in Buchanan City, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) Leader Mia Beers said the agency is funding the management and clinical care at the ETU, which will be provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under the leadership of the Ministry of Health.
She said the U.S. Government intends to ensure that every county in Liberia has an ETU to quickly respond to infection cases in order to avoid the transportation of sick people to Monrovia.
She believes when each county has an equipped ETU, the government and partners will be able to break the transmission among the citizens.
The USAID Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) Leader said in order to break the virus transmission, it is important to attach priority to rural communities.
“The most important part is to have an ETU in every county and to have a rapid team out in the field in working various counties officials,” Madam Beers noted.
In separate statements, the Commander of the Joint Forces Command – Operation United Assistance of the U.S. Army Major General Gary Volesky and AFL Chief of Staff Brigadier General Daniel Ziankahn said the construction of ETUs across Liberia demonstrates the closed ties between the U.S. and Liberian Army.
The construction of ETUs by the United States Government is in response to President Barack Obama promise of setting up a U.S. Africa Command Joint Force Command headquartered in Liberia to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts.