Arrival of first ebola patient to UMC Utrecht
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A spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Health confirmed the arrival of a United Nations soldier to the University Medical Center (UMC) in Utrecht. The soldier is believed to have contracted Ebola during his ongoing peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL); one of the West African countries affected by Ebola.
The World Health Organization has requested to ensure proper containment of the patient during his treatment to prevent further spread of the deadly virus. Four specialized beds have been prepared for any possible Ebola patients that might be arriving.The Netherlands has offered these places as part of a European medical evacuation initiative. Other European countries have also recently accepted foreign Ebola patients such as Germany, France and Switzerland, the spokesman said.
“The UMC are completely prepared for the reception and care of any possible Ebola patients,” reported Minister Edith Schippers from the Ministry of Health last month.
The Healthcare Inspectorate are positive about the measures taken by the UMC to contain and effectively treat patients.
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