Samaritan's Purse opens 18-bed Treatment Centre in response to Ebola Outbreak which has already taken the lives of over 300 people with many more fighting for their lives
On 1st August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), declared an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 300 deaths were reported by the end of December, making this the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. Your support will help us meet the physical and spiritual needs through prevention, control and treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in East and Central Africa.
Samaritan’s Purse has opened an 18-bed Ebola treatment centre in Komanda in northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 17th January.
Medical teams are ensuring the comfort and expert care of every patient as they serve in Jesus’ Name.
“By coming to treat people with this difficult disease, we as Christians are showing God’s love and concern for them,” said Elliott Tenpenny, director of our international health unit and team lead in the DRC.
Our treatment centre, which can be expanded to 54 beds if needed, was constructed and properly equipped for water and sanitation over the span of about two weeks. Patients are cared for in the isolation unit until lab results indicate whether they have been infected with Ebola.
The centre is part of our Emergency Field Hospital and was flown to Africa by our DC-8 cargo plane. We have more than 40 medical and non-medical staff on the ground and more than 60 Congolese staff have also been hired from local communities. All our staff have received extensive training in infection protection and control and donning their personal protective equipment.
“When I see my fellow Congolese people suffering from Ebola, I am sad, but it challenges me to help them so that one day they will recover and be strong,” said Sarah Ngaka, one of our local staff.
More than 300 people have died since this Ebola outbreak was declared on 1st August, making it the second deadliest surge of the disease in recorded history. Supportive care and other interventions are savings lives, though the current fatality rate is still about 60 percent.
“People are feeling very low. They are very scared,” said Adele Bong, Samaritan’s Purse monitoring and evaluation advisor. “What makes the difference is someone who is there showing the love of Christ. That could be the difference between life and death.”
Samaritan’s Purse has significant experience responding to Ebola in light of our work during the 2014-2016 outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people.
Please continue to pray for people suffering in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Pray for Samaritan’s Purse staff as they serve with compassion in Jesus’ Name.