Well Baby Clinic in Grand Bassa County, is one of 29 health facilities that have benefited from water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure upgrades including the construction of triage and isolation units. IOM in partnership with the County Health Teams (CHTs) in Grand Bassa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount, conducted assessments of existing health facilities, selecting those in need of support to meet the essential infection prevention and control (IPC) standards.
Over the past six months, the IOM psychosocial team in Grand Bassa were offering support to Mathaline, a pregnant Ebola survivor facing discrimination and unsure of the outcome of her pregnancy. Today, she is the healthy mother of a 1 week old daughter and is working with the team towards smoother reintegration into her community.
The first of a series of graphic stories about Ebola that covers prevention and seeking early care. This tool is used by IOM and county based partners to raise awareness and encourage positive responses within communities in Liberia. It . It was developed with the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, WHO and UNICEF.
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“Our message to the locals is that we are here to help and we will do the best we can.”
IOM was hosted on UNMIL Radio’s flagship programme ‘Coffee Break’ (on 10/12) where Andrew Lind, IOM Liberia Project Coordinator spoke about plans to provide care to the people of Grand Bassa County at the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Buchanan. He explained,
The Monrovia Inquirer: The Medical Coordinator of the Buchanan ETU, Dr. Ellen Einterz, said the unit has four steps in helping patients that will be infected with the virus. Dr. Eintrez named these steps as transporting cases, making diagnosis in 24 hours, treating patients with Ebola treatment protocols and providing psycho-social treatment for patients.
She disclosed that there are over 175 employees assigned at the unit and that 150 of this number are national staff, while 25 international staff.
Bangor Daily News: The first facility completed, named the Buchanan Ebola treatment unit, was handed over to the International Organization for Migration, which customized the facility for its needs before opening it to the public.
Clarksville Online: Singing, clapping and dancing greeted Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade, out of Fort Hood, Texas, as they walked up to a tent to attend the grand opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment unit near Buchanan, Liberia.
“Based on the other ETUs and the experiences we have, we decided that it would be best to make adjustments to the facility,” said Dario Gonzalez, a medical director with IOM, and a native of New York City. The adjustments of the ETU made by the IOM were to enhance their vision of care, Gonzalez said.
Liberian Observer: With the alarming number of new cases in the county, the IMS and its partners will open the Ebola Treatment Unit in Sinje and move in with more ambulances and health workers to ensure that the situation is put under control.
The Head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah…attributed the increase to migration of people suspected of the virus and the continuous denial by some residents that people are dying of the Ebola epidemic in the country.