The United States has been engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak since the first cases were reported in March and on November 5, as part of our whole-of-government response to the Ebola crisis, we opened the Monrovia Medical Unit, which will provide care to any healthcare workers who become infected with Ebola while treating patients.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf joined Rear Admiral Scott F. Giberson and I to mark the inauguration of the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU), a 25-bed field hospital located in Margibi County, Liberia.
Constructed by the Department of Defense and staffed by the men and women of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Monrovia Medical Unit is a true representation of the continuing momentum in the fight against the Ebola virus. The U.S. government has already deployed more than 2500 personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. government response to a global health crisis.
While the MMU represents only one milestone in the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus, it is a vital piece of the puzzle.
The addition of the MMU’s 25-bed field hospital is but one component of a broader effort to protect both international and Liberian healthcare workers who have courageously volunteered to treat Ebola patients in Monrovia and across the country. The MMU is currently treating three Liberian health care workers.
These are the true heroes in our battle with the Ebola virus, those who are winning the fight day-by-day and patient-by-patient.
The fight against Ebola, however, is far from over and the need for additional healthcare personnel is critical.
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About the Author: Deborah R. Malac is the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia.