PTS 1 (One) Ebola Treatment Centre Discharges 24 Survivors, Youngest, 10 Years Old.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Madam Madina Rahman has said that the current status of the Ebola pandemic in the country should be a moment of reflection for every Sierra Leonean.
Addressing the Discharged Ceremony of 24 Survivors from the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre, the Deputy Minister reminded the survivors, family members, relatives and friends about the damage and destruction of lives, and the country’s social and economic gains as a result of the Ebola outbreak.
She observed that with the growing trend of the disease, we are either infected or affected by the pandemic.
Madam Rahman commended the staff of the Centre for the hard work and commitment, and encouraged them to continue with the enthusiasm demonstrated in the execution of their duties.
She expressed delight over the Centre’s success story, noting that with more support they would do wonders. Posterity, the Deputy Minister opined, would make Sierra Leone globally proud in the handling and management of the disease.
Madam Rahman noted the suffering underwent by the survivors during the early infection rate of the disease and advised the men to refrain from sexual activity for 90 days, admonishing the female adults not to breast feed, or attempt to breast feed any child except after a specified safe period of three months duration.
Government, the Deputy Minister said, is poised to break the rate of transmission and to end the Ebola with the support of the entire population, and thanked all those who in diverse ways continue to boost the Treatment Centre’s operation.
The Centre Coordinator, Dr. Santigie Sesay said the Centre since its inception in September 19 2014, has had an admission of 680 patients as of December 20, 2014 with a cumulative success story of 420 survivors. He revealed significant drop in the influx of cases into the Centre by almost 55 percent may be due to the increase in the number of Treatment Centres but more so due to efforts and professional management of the disease by committed and dedicated staff. Dr. Sesay reiterated their commitment to making their Unit a Centre of Excellence. “A a zero reduction of cases countrywide by end of December is now our dream”, said Dr. Sesay.
Highpoints of the ceremony included tribute to lost Ebola victims, and presentation of gifts and discharged certificates