Zed congratulates Aspen Medical for management of Ebola Treatment Centre

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today congratulated Canberra based company, Aspen Medical for its professionalism in managing Australia’s Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) following the announcement that the Centre is due for closure by 30 April 2015.

The Federal Government’s decision to close the ETC follows a process led by the Government of Sierra Leone to rationalise and consolidate ETC’s as the situation in West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak has stabilised.

“I would like to congratulate Aspen Medical on the important work they have undertaken in Sierra Leone over the last few months,” Senator Seselja said today.

“Since the ETC’s opening in December last year, 216 patients were admitted with 36 successfully treated for Ebola. A further 120 patients were monitored and discharged after testing negative for Ebola. 

“Due to the quality of staff training and effectiveness of the ETC’s strict protocols, no local or international staff employed at the ETC contracted Ebola.

“Aspen Medical should be proud of its efforts in providing Ebola treatment in Sierra Leone and drawing on valuable Australian expertise to assist in management of the health emergency. 

“Australia will continue to focus on building resilient health systems in our region to ensure readiness for possible future infectious disease outbreaks,” Senator Seselja concluded.