Dec 03, 2014
By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
The most effective way to protect Americans here at home from outbreaks and other public health threats is to stop these threats abroad, at their source. That’s why I’m so proud of the employees of this Department who are serving courageously around the world.
Rear Admiral Scott Giberson is our Acting Deputy Surgeon General and is also leading the mission in Liberia to care for health care workers at the Monrovia Medical Unit, so they in turn can care for Ebola patients throughout the region. Recently, the Monrovia Medical Unit successfully treated four patients –courageous Liberian health care workers, who now have clean bills of health.
Our team from the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is staffing a 25-bed, state-of-the-art hospital – the only unit of its kind in the region that is providing care to health care workers who may be infected with the Ebola virus. The Department of Defense built this facility– with consultation from our Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) team and partners in Liberia. They literally turned a field filled with grass, rocks, mud, and dirt, into a state-of-the-art medical facility that is capable of saving lives in just a little more than a month!