New field hospital in Liberia to open in days

AUSTRALIAN health workers involved in the fight against Ebola in West Africa will have access to a new 25-bed field hospital in Liberia.

Deputy Opposition leader Tanya Plibersek yesterday confirmed the White House and United Nations would welcome Aussie workers to the facility.

The Federal Government is refusing to commit health workers to Ebola-affected areas because of safety concerns.

"Well of course I don't know what formal communications have been made between the United States Government and our government but I can certainly tell you I've had very senior meetings here with the State Department, with the United Nations, with representatives of the White House and it was made clear to me that that facility would be made available for health workers, not just Australian health workers but health workers of any nationality, who are in West Africa fighting Ebola," Ms Plibersek told ABC radio yesterday.

"It has been confirmed to me that it will be open very shortly, that the treatment available will be of a first world standard, that it has been set aside for health workers to give health workers from countries around the world confidence to go to West Africa to fight Ebola."

She said the hospital would "open in days".

- APN NEWSDESK



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