To offer a high-quality response to the Ebola patients, EMERGENCY NGO has cooperated with DFID, the Department of International Development of the British Government, to open a one hundred beds facility in Goderich.
The Centre, built by the British army and financed by DFID, is part of the wider intervention of the British government in Sierra Leone to stop Ebola. The Sierraleonese Government has participated to the project by offering the plot of land where the new Centre has been built.
The EMERGENCY NGO facility in Goderich is a high standard 100-bed ETU, equipped with an Intensive Care Unit for the most severe cases, an area for the isolation of suspected patients and an internal Laboratory.
To offer the best treatment possible to each patient, the Centre has been organized according to the seriousness of the patient's conditions: an Intensive Care Unit of 24 beds has been set up for severe cases, along with a 48-bed unit for less severe cases and a convalescence area of 28 beds.
These areas are "red zones", open only to specified and trained staff with proper personal protection and specifically trained to respect protection protocol. The "green zone" is comprehensive of laundries, staff offices, storages, pharmacy/dispensary.
Within the ETU there is a fully equipped Laboratory specialized in diagnosis activities using the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) methodology.
The laboratory allows us to reduce the lapse of time between the test of the samples and the diagnosis, allowing the prompt identification of contact and the prompt beginning of the treatment.
Almost 500 national staff, medical and non medical, is employed in the Ebola Treatment Unit.
All the staff have followed a specific training course involving protection protocols, the use of personal protective equipment and the correct movement in the set paths within the Centre to prevent the spreading of the virus and subsequent contamination.