West Point ETU under Renovation for School Building

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West Point Township’s controversial Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) which was used to admit suspected Ebola patients during the height of the outbreak is under renovation to be used as a school campus.

When our reporter visited West Point Township yesterday Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Department of Children and Family (DCF), Victor Fiayah, said DCF, a non-governmental organization (NGO), is responsible for the renovation of the N.V. Massaquoi Elementary, Junior, and Senior High school.

According to him, the school is being renovated with funding from DCF and partners, including the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and is expected to be completed in 19 days.

Fiayah said the DCF is equipped with professional workers who are capable of completing the project.

  “The facility,” he said, “has already been disinfected before the renovation work began, and will again be disinfected before the commencement of classes.”

The DCF has since the outbreak last year, created awareness in various counties about the danger of the Ebola virus and has encouraged community dwellers to take the necessary safety and preventive measures.

He said the DCF is presently operating in several counties, including Montserrado, Rivergee, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, Sinoe and Bomi, implementing other projects.

He has meanwhile commended the international partners who provided funding to DCF to reconstruct the damaged school facility. The N.V. Massaquoi School was established in 2013 to build student capacities through vocational and classroom education.

It may be called that the school was used as a place to keep suspected Ebola patients, and if confirmed, were later taken to basic treatment centers.

 As a result of the decision, some of the residents became disgruntled and angrily broke into the building; took away items that belonged to suspected patients at the time.

 In reaction, the government unprecedentedly quarantined the entire West Point for 21 days, a situation that led to rioting which resulted in the death of 16-year old Shakie Kamara as well as wounding Titus Nuahn.

The unit was also stormed by suspected criminals who reportedly made away with important health-related items, including mattresses of Ebola patients during the height of the virus.

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