The Norwegian government has provided the World Health Organisation (WHO) emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo with ‘Epi-Shuttle’ single-patient units that are designed for the safe transportation of patients to isolation wards, while offering emergency treatment services.
In a statement, the Norwegian government said medical preparedness and swift responses were essential to prevent the Ebola outbreak from becoming an epidemic.
‘Norway is one of only a few countries in the world to have the equipment and expertise to transport highly infectious patients safely. The government has therefore decided to donate units for single-patient transport, called the EpiShuttle, to the DR Congo.
“We will also put together a team to train personnel on behalf of WHO in the DR Congo,’ said Health and Care Services minister Bent Høie.
The Norwegian medical teams will include between two and four specialists drawn from the Oslo University Hospital-based National Unit for CBRNE Medicine. Negotiations for the provision of additional Norwegian assistance are underway.