100-bed ETU Earmarked for Ganta

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If everything goes well, a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit is expected to be built in Ganta City toward curbing the spread of Ebola, an official of the visiting US Army disclosed.

Leading an 11-man assessment team to Ganta, US Army Col. Moldrem Lewton said they had come to ascertain the condition of the area where the construction of the ETU will be and, if everything goes well, they will come back to construct the 100 bed ETU.

“This is a potential site, upon completing our assessment; we will go back make our report to our bosses for final decision to be taken,” he said.

The US soldiers, accompanied by two captains of from Liberian Army, touched down in their large military helicopters at about 2pm local time at the Methodist Airstrip in Ganta. They reportedly had just arrived from Voinjama, Lofa County.

Hundreds of residents of Ganta crowded the airstrip to receive them with happiness and singing, saying, “Ebola must go, we tire hearing about Ebola, Ebola must go!”

This is the US soldiers’ second visit to Nimba since their arrival in Liberia to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus.

Earlier this month, the first assessment team, which traveled by road, arrived in Ganta where several locations for the construction of ETU were shown to them by the Administrator of the Ganta Hospital.

The first team extended their trip to Tappita where another area was shown to them for possible Ebola Treatment Unit construction.

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