COTONOU, BENIN: As Ebola continues to burn its way through three West African countries, the World Health Organization on Wednesday elected its next Africa director, a doctor from Botswana who is a longtime veteran of the UN agency at a meeting in Benin.
In Sierra Leone, where the epidemic is currently particularly strong and where treatment centers need to be urgently built, one built by Britain was finally opening outside the capital on Wednesday.
The center in Kerry Town includes an 80-bed facility to be managed by Save The Children and a 12-bed unit, which will expand to 20 beds over the coming months, for health care workers and international staff who become infected by Ebola. This smaller one will be staffed by British army medics.
“We are expecting the first patients today,” said Helen Mayelle, a Save the Children spokeswoman. The center will gradually become fully operational over the coming weeks.
The announcement of the election of WHO’s new Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti, was made by Senegalese Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck, who chaired the vote.
Source by : NDTV News