Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa nearly 7 months ago, Liberia and Sierra Leone together have reported more than 6,700 suspected and confirmed cases of EVD and over 3,000 suspected and confirmed deaths due to the virus.
Throughout this outbreak, two AHI hospitals remained open to treat non-Ebola patients. Months after all other hospitals closed, these two hospital sites continued to put the lives of others before themselves.
Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia managed to remain EVD free and operational for several months after all the other hospitals in the area were closed to the public. Finally, they were faced with the decision to remain open or to close, when two of the staff members were suspected of having Ebola. For the safety of patients and staff, the hospital was closed and placed under a three week quarantine.Cooper is planning to re-open after completing this phase, offering treatment to OB patients only.
With the help of AHI and physicians like Gillian Seton, MD who has been working as a general surgeon at Cooper since the start of the outbreak, the hospital has been able to provide medical care to hundreds in need. Seton says the biggest needs are supplies such as; gloves, masks and surgical gowns as well as other equipment to help maintain a level of safety and protection for the physicians and patients. In addition to these seemingly small needs, Cooper is in need of financial help to maintain this level of safety against the spread of EVD.
Waterloo Adventist Hospital has also been closed to the public. Even before Cooper closed, Waterloo decided to shut their doors to the public due to several hospital staff contracting the virus. Since then, three have died and the hospital was placed under a extended quarantine. After completion of this, the hospital has been taken over by the Sierra Leone government to be opperated as an Ebola treatment clinic. Preperations are underway for the hospital to be opened by the end of October. With this being the case, Waterloo is still in need of financial support to continue to stay operational. AHI is dedicated in helping these hospitals to remain as safe and efficient as possible.
Hospitals are said to be the most dangerous place you can be right now. Which is why it is important to show support to these brave medical professionals that are working to maintain a level of safety and health for the patients they are treating.
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