US Military Begins Constructing Ebola Clinics Surrounded By Wire
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5:57
By Ethan Huff
Construction on one of several field clinics being built by the American military in Liberia is currently underway, but media reports indicate that it looks much more like a prison than an actual hospital for Ebola patients. The Daily Mail reveals that U.S. soldiers were busy installing razor wire fencing, the purpose of which is unknown, earlier in the week around the vacant outpost near the airport in Monrovia.
Disconcerting photographs of the effort show long strands of dual-layered, razor wire coils being attached to ground posts all around the property, which thus far appears vacant. Soldiers can be seen hammering the posts into visibly moist ground, the consequence of torrential rains that have embattled the area for many days.
Nobody seems to know exactly what the purpose of the fencing is at this point. Some suspect it may be to prevent looters from ransacking the property, while others say it could be meant to keep Ebola patients under lockdown. Either way, the published images of the fencing are disturbingly reminiscent of what was once constructed around wartime internment camps to keep prisoners from escaping.
“It isn’t immediately clear if the fence is to help protect the camp from possible looters or to prevent sick patients [from] escaping,” explains the Daily Mail.
US to build 17 more Ebola treatment centers
In addition to the center, 17 others are set to be constructed in the coming weeks, with each one designed to accommodate 100 patients. According to Chuck Prichard, a spokesman from the U.S. military’s Africa Command, the first treatment center should be fully constructed and ready to accept patients by the end of the month. Two others are reportedly in the process of being constructed.
A series of mobile Ebola laboratories has been dispatched as well to help take blood samples and monitor for additional infections. Three of them, according to Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Africa Command, each staffed with three or four military servicemen, have already been dispatched. And at least four more, he says, have been requested.
“These mobile labs are very, very important, because, as you can imagine, some people have malaria, some people have the flu, and it’s really important to find out who you have to treat and who you don’t,” he stated to The Wall Street Journal.
“When you go into one of these Ebola treatment units, you’re going to wash your hands and feet multiple times. You’re going to get your temperature taken, in and out.”