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Ebola treatment centre in western Jamaica to be completed in weeks

Published:Sunday | November 16, 2014 | 12:32 PM

The health ministry says the construction of the Ebola Treatment Centre to be located at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James is progressing smoothly with the facility expected to be completed in a few weeks.



In a release this morning, the acting permanent secretary Dr Kevin Harvey who toured the site yesterday, indicated that he was pleased with the progress of the construction.



Harvey was accompanied by a the team which included 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 Organization.



The treatment centre is a four-bed facility, which includes other areas for triaging, sanitizing patients and staff and sterilization of equipment and supplies.



Harvey says the next step is to train heath workers who will be placed at the treatment centre. The training is to be conducted by Cuban experts who are scheduled to arrive in the country tomorrow.



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.



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