The Ministry of Health has announced that the Isolation Centre located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital???s compound at Enmore will be used by Ebola patients only.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Tennyson Springer, said today that a decision had been taken that infectious illnesses which were air-borne would not be treated at the facility.

He revealed that the Isolation Centre was now ready to receive patients, if necessary, and a dedicated staff of about 40 persons from the Ministry of Health, as well as other agencies, was in place.

Mr. Springer said that the Ministry had sought to address all the concerns raised by the public and would continue to review its options for the long-term.

He explained that this would include a re-look at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and where an isolation unit could be placed within a re-organised hospital facility. He said the Ministry had been advised by its technocrats that it would not be advisable to locate such an intensive care unit in a remote location.

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