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Heart to Heart will open an Ebola unit in Liberia

Liberia had reported 3,834 Ebola cases and 2,069 deaths as of Sept. 30, the World Health Organization said Friday.
Liberia had reported 3,834 Ebola cases and 2,069 deaths as of Sept. 30, the World Health Organization said Friday. CDC

Heart to Heart International plans to open and operate an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia, one of the countries hardest hit by the deadly hemorrhagic fever.

The 70-bed unit is already under construction in Kakata, Liberia, and is expected to open next month, Heart to Heart said Tuesday.

“Liberia, at the center of this epidemic, is in desperate need of additional Ebola beds and personnel to care for patients and help bring the outbreak under control,” Jim Mitchum, Heart to Heart’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

He said the Lenexa-based nongovernmental organization, which responds with medical relief and volunteers to health crises and natural disasters around the world, will join two other nongovernmental organizations that are already operating treatment units in Liberia.

Liberia had reported 3,834 Ebola cases and 2,069 deaths as of Sept. 30, the World Health Organization said Friday. Nearly half of those cases were reported in the previous three weeks.

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