The US Military team has begun training health workers in Nimba County to work in the ETU being constructed in Ganta.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at the training site in Ganta, the Officer in Charge of the Mobile Training Team of the US Department of Defense, Maj. Jimmy Hightower, said the training covered basic knowledge of the Ebola virus and how to care for Ebola patients at high risk in the ETU.
He said the training is being conducted under the World Health Organization guidelines on Ebola, considering how it spreads and affects people as well as how to treat it.
“We are also training them in the management, treatment of Ebola patients and also the hygienic process involving cleaning, wearing the PPE, decontaminating and disinfecting Ebola affected areas,” he said.
Of a total of 46 persons who started the training twelve of them will work in the low risk area while the remaining 34 who will be working in the high risk area are still in training.
Nimba County was seriously hit with Ganta at the epicenter when Ebola was raging in Liberia.
Although there have been no new Ebola cases for the past two months, notwithstanding, the issue of contingency needs to be put in place according to Dr. Paye Gbarmie of the Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit.
Presently, the US Military is constructing another ETU in Ganta to backup the 20 bed ETU that is already operating.
Maj. Jimmy Hightower told this paper that those undergoing the training include nurses who are already working in the ETU constructed earlier, noting that they have vast experience.
At the training ground, participants undergoing hygienic training were seen carrying on the practical aspect of the training, demonstrating how to disinfect or decontaminate an Ebola affected area.
Maj. Hightower praised Liberians for the high level of hospitality accorded the U.S. military everywhere they have traveled, specifically naming Voinjama, Buchana and Ganta.
“We enjoy working with them, because they are so helpful and we hope to assist in whatever capacity they will need in the future,” he concluded.