Our doctors and nurses are already working round-the-clock at the new Ebola Treatment Center in Lakka, Sierra Leone which we just opened 5 days ago.
So far, the center has taken in 10 patients, and 2 suspect cases are on their way now from the province of Pujehun.
Don Emanuel, the Spanish priest brought to our center last Friday, was taken back to his country yesterday morning. He’s in a critical condition.
His bed was been taken over by Grace, a 38-year old woman whose Ebola test was done while she was being taken care of in the isolation unit at our Goderich Surgical Center yesterday evening proved positive. Grace was 6 months pregnant, but she suffered a miscarriage just before being brought to our Ebola Treatment Center in Lakka.
In an attempt to stop the virus from advancing, the Sierra Leone government imposed a 3-day curfew starting from last Friday (19th September): everyone had to stay at home, public offices and businesses remained closed, and people were only allowed to use their cars for emergencies.
During this extremely hard time, the EMERGENCY staff have carried on providing the necessary treatment for patients at the Lakka Ebola Treatment Center and in the Surgical and Pediatric Center in Goderich which, for the past 40 days plus, has been the only hospital up and running in the entire Freetown area.
All the staff, both national and international, are doing everything possible to face a serious humanitarian crisis that’s without precedent in Sierra Leone, and of which nobody actually knows the true dimensions.
“Those who are ill and find the hospitals closed then go to the homes of the doctors they know, or to local healthcare figures who don’t have the necessary protection: the risk of catching the disease is very high. The epidemic is spreading and there’s a need for doctors, nurses and beds” says Luca Rolla, EMERGENCY Medical Coordinator in Sierra Leone.
That’s why EMERGENCY is already working to open a new, bigger Ebola Treatment Center in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, as soon as possible. To support the building and operating costs of an additional Ebola Treatment Center near Freetown, please click here to donate now.