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Ebola Response Hospital in Liberia Opens

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. DoD News, Defense Media Activity

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WASHINGTON, November 10, 2014 —  The Defense Department-provided, 25-bed hospital sent to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of the department’s Ebola response efforts has officially opened and is completely staffed, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters at the Pentagon today.

“The 25-bed hospital, also known as the Monrovian Medical Unit, officially opened and is fully manned by 65 public health service personnel,” Warren said.

The colonel also noted there are currently no patients at the facility.

Hospital Part of Ebola Response Effort

The hospital, which the department first noted would be sent to western Africa on Sept. 12, is part of approximately $30 million in program funding approved for DoD’s Ebola response efforts -- including its delivery and payment for diagnostic equipment, supplies and training.

In other Ebola response-related news, the colonel said the first Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg, located in western Liberia, is complete and is being transferred to nongovernmental organization officials today.

“As of this weekend, we now have over 2,000 personnel in Liberia helping with the crisis response to Ebola,” Warren said.

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