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Health ministry: Chest Hospital is safe for Ebola treatment

Published:Tuesday | October 28, 2014 | 5:20 PM
Dr Kevin Harvey - File

The Ministry of Health has sought to allay the fears of residents who live in the vicinity of the National Chest Hospital, which is to be used as an isolation site for Ebola patients.



Residents have expressed concern that they may potentially be at risk if there is a case of the deadly virus at the hospital.



However, the Ministry of Health says residents have no reason to be fearful.



Speaking at a press conference today, acting permanent secretary, Dr Kevin Harvey said for decades the National Chest Hospital has been integral in the control of infectious diseases.



Harvey says the hospital was the main facility used in the fight against infectious disease such as malaria, H1N1 and dengue fever.



He says the health ministry does not foresee communities being affected as a result of an Ebola patient being treated at the National Chest Hospital.



For his part, health minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, said the ministry would be inclined to host a community meeting to address the concerns of residents.



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