NEWS Ebola: Australian-run centre in Sierra Leone opens for business

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    An Australian-run medical centre for Ebola patients has opened in Sierra Leone overnight, the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, has announced.
    Britain recently completed the building, which is near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
    “Patients will be referred to the centre and in line with best practice it will commence operations with five beds,” Bishop said in a statement. “Operations will be gradually scaled up to full capacity at 100 beds under strict guidelines to ensure infection control procedures are working effectively and trained staff and safety practices are in place.”
    In November Australia provided $20m to the private Australian company Aspen Medical to run the centre, amid criticism it was not acting fast enough to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.
    Bishop also announced a further $3m for the centre, bringing Australia’s total contribution to the global response to Ebola to $45m. :up: :applaud:

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