Liberia: 231 new cases in 2 days doubles to 4830 in 20 days

Tonight’s SitRep #118 states total 9/10 EVD cases at 2415, up 231 cases in 2 days since the 2184 cases reported for 9/8 in SitRep #116, suggesting 4830 possible cases around Sep. 30, and same trends continuing might see 10,000 cases by Oct. 20

Hospital response and isolation/treatment centres
Lofa, Margibi, Bong and Nimba, all have isolation facilities established.  As at 5 September, the country has 314 treatment beds, and WHO estimates many more are required (additional 760 beds required in Monrovia).

  • Foya, Lofa county: Borma Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) is being run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) as at 15 August. It has a capacity of 40 beds, with expansion to 80 beds underway. No date for completion has been announced. A “mid-level isolation unit” has been established in Telewowan Hospital, Voinjama, managed by MSF. The centre will expand to 40 beds although no estimated date for completion has been set.
  • Monrovia: ELWA hospital ETU is being run by MSF. The new 120-bed facility opened on 17 August.  There are plans to expand to 300 beds by 2nd September. The facility in JFK Hospital is functioning as a full ETU. WHO advised on 5 September an additional 40 beds had been opened in Monrovia. There is a Holding Unit at Redemption Hospital.
  • Montserrado: West Point holding unit has been established.
  • Nimba: Renovation of the holding facilties at G. W. Harley and Ganta Hospitals is underway as at 20 August.
  • Bong:  As at 5 September, an additional 40 beds are expected to “soon be available”.
  • Bomi: Bomi County Health Team (CHT) opened three, two-room quarantine units with a 12-bed capacity for Ebola patients. There is a holding centre in Tubmanburg.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has established hotlines that the public can call to get basic Ebola information: 1333, 4455, 0886229641, 0886397381, and 0776547437.

Foya is part of a “unified sector”, together with Kenema, Sierra Leona, and Gueckedou, Guinea. Public health measures restricting movement in and out of the sector. (For more information on Screening and Closures click here.) The nation has also placed Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Lofa counties under quarantine.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.