Portugal to set up rear-guard Ebola base in Bissau

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 23-10-2014 14:55:00 · 0 Comments
Portugal to set up rear-guard Ebola base in Bissau

Portugal is going to set up a rear-guard base to prevent and fight Ebola at the Bissau Military Hospital, Guinea-Bissau’s health minister, Valentina Mendes, has said.

“Portugal is going to create a base at the military hospital and that is where the equipment and staff that come (to Bissau) are going to be installed”, she said on Saturday.
Valentina Mendes was speaking after meetings with the Portuguese General Health Director, Francisco George, and the president of the Portuguese National Medical Emergency Institute (INEM) Paulo Campos, in the capital of Guinea-Bissau over the weekend.
Although it is called a military hospital, 98 percent of the patients treated there are civilians who make a €3 co-payment.

The hospital was built in 2011 with Chinese cooperation but it still suffers from a severe lack of qualified personnel.
The Portuguese base is to complement the Ebola treatment centre the government wants to set up in the main, but highly degraded, Hospital Simão Mendes.
The World Health Organisation fears that the rate of new infections by the virus in West Africa could rise to 10,000 a week by the end of the year, from the current 1,000 a week.
Guinea-Bissau has had no reported cases so far but Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have all been severely affected.
TAP Air Portugal last week announced that it was, for now, not resuming direct flights between Lisbon and Bissau. It said “operational” conditions were not in place for the move, which had been planned for several weeks.


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