U.S.-Funded ETU Project Begins in Ganta, No New Cases in 4 Weeks

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This building is likely to be part of the U.S.-funded 100 bed ETU earmarked for Ganta._web.jpg

Clearing of the site for the construction of one of the United States-funded Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) in Nimba County has begun at the Ganta United Methodist Airstrip.

Road building equipment was seen at the site several days ago, clearing to commence the construction of an annex to the buildings that were constructed by the Methodists some time ago.

The team of U.S. military personnel has paid several visits to Nimba County since their arrival in Liberia to select a suitable place for the ETU.

Last week, the U.S. team toured the George W. Harley Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit constructed by ArcelorMittal outlining specific work, including Ebola testing that will be carried out there.

It is not clear how many ETUs will be built in Nimba by the U.S. mlitary, but since their arrival in Liberia many trips have been made to several Nimba cities and towns, including Tappita, Sanniquellie and Karnplay.

One of the advantages of the Ganta site is that it encompasses some unfinished medical buildings which the Methodists began constructing.  It is possible that the Americans will help complete them in order to expand the capacity of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.

Another piece of good news, probably the most important of all, is that there has been no new case of anyone infected with Ebola since the 16th of October—that is over a month ago.

This was disclosed to our reporter by Dr. Paye Gbramie, head of the Ganta ETU.

Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe announced the release of over 50 persons who had been quarantined in Bahn.  They were quarantined in mid-October 2014.

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