Sierra Leone News:MSF, Kingtom receives first two Patients

Despite work is still in progress, the medical charity Medicine’s Sans Frontier (MSF) yesterday received its first two cases of Ebola infected persons, at its new treatment centre at the Prince of Wales grounds, Kingtom.
Both International and local staff at the centre are in top gear to compliment government’s effort to help reduce and contain, the high rise of confirmed Ebola cases in the Western Area.
At the Prince of Wales grounds, Awoko was taken on a conducted tour by Samuel Freeman, who is the executive secretary of the Old Princewaleans Association, and explained about the MSF and POW project, which many past and present Princewaleans, including some Kingtom residents were concerned over the temporal construction of an Ebola treatment centre, on the school grounds.
Freeman said before MSF started work, a project document was signed between the school and the medical charity.
In the document the present Old Princewalean Executive Secretary disclosed, it was agreed that classrooms and other school structures will not be used as treatment wards, only the chemistry laboratory will be fully rehabilitated and equipped for testing blood samples, which in the end will be utilised by students to carry out experiments and research.
The school canteen, water and sanitation facilities within the school grounds, some classrooms which are used for storage of medical equipment and consumables, are now fully rehabilitated.
At the field site, Officer In-Charge MSF, Dr Frank, as he is called by all, said they will establish a temporal 100 bed treatment centre, with all facilities which have nothing to do with the school buildings, including electricity and access to and out of the centre.
For now, he explained that the centre has a 40 bed capacity, with two patients who are being cared for, by highly trained and qualified nurses, whom he is sure will live up to the challenge.
Dr Frank assured Kingtom residents to go about their daily business with confidence, and there is nothing to fear, adding that MSF will do all it can to ensure that all patients admitted at the centre, receive the right treatment to help them pull through, only if they report suspected cases on time.
Concluding the tour, I was fortunate to meet Jeff, the logistics officer who also explained about the project and assured the public that MSF will make Princewaleans proud, when schooling resumes, after Ebola would have been dead and gone.

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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.