Many people, including healthcare workers, died at the hospital used as an interim care unit and a holding ward during the heat of the outbreak.
The former British head of state was accompanied at the hospital by Ministers Tolbert Nyenswah and Dr. Bernice Dahn of the Ministry of Health.
During the solidarity visit, the Minister of Health designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn briefed the former British Prime Minister on the current state of the health system following the calamity of the Ebola virus. She also outlined some of the lessons learned from the Ebola crisis as a nation and the recovery plan.
“The first lesson learned was the issue of ownership and community involvement. This was a problem until the President herself got involved before our communities started taking ownership,” she told Mr. Blair.
“As part of our recovery plan, we want to bring all actors on the drawing board and start working towards the rejuvenation of the health system.”
Minister Dahn commended the British Government contributions that enabled the country to be free of the EVD in the country.
“From the onset, the health workers were trained to the virus. Now, we need the essential supports to help train adequately. We are aware that the measures will put us in a better position for future recurrence and fight other infectious diseases,” she said.
“This hospital received the highest number of deaths and the current capacity is small. We have acquired 25 acres of land for relocation for the construction of a 150-bedroom hospital, which will make us use this one for teaching.”
Speaking further, Dr. Dahn informed Mr. Blair that one of the priorities is the issue Emergency preparedness and response.
Mr. Blair was taken on a guarded tour of the hospital, where he inspected some of the equipment and the current measures that against Ebola and how it will be maintained after Ebola.
At the Laboratory, Mr. Blair was briefed by the nurses and technicians on shift and was informed that the lab was not fully equipped.
Then he was taken to the out-patient department, maternity ward, laboratory, the Ebola trial vaccine lab and other areas of the hospital.
In response, Mr. Blair thanked the nurses, technicians and hospital administration for the sacrificial services rendered during the crisis and said they would always be remembered by their country and the world.
“I am so grateful for the resilience and continuation of safety measures.”