Russia airlifts field hospital to Guinea to fight Ebola

Russia's Antonov An-124 military aircarft landed at the Conakry airport on Sunday, bringing in a field hospital and medicines as part of an international effort to fight the Ebola epidemic, said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Russia's Antonov An-124 military aircarft landed at the Conakry airport on Sunday, bringing in a field hospital and medicines as part of an international effort to fight the Ebola epidemic, said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

"The crews have covered a distance of about 6,500 kilometers, or more than 4,000 miles, during a flight from Sochi that lasted for ten hours," he said.

The cargo - over 150 tonnes of medical and special equipment to be used in deploying a hospital - is being unloaded. The field hospitals will consist of a diagnosing department, three infectious disease departments, a resuscitation and intensive therapy department, and special diagnostic laboratory.

The aircarft have also brought in vehicles for the safe transportation of patients from the districts hit by Ebola.

All documents attached to the equipment were translated into French.

The hospital is large enough to simultaneously receive and treat 200 people infected with the highly contagious Ebola virus, and to maintain the life-support systems during the quarantine.

President Vladimir Putin had earlier instructed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to send a hospital to Guinea at that country's request. Guinea was hit the hardest by Ebola.

Putin also ordered that Russian aircarft, equipped with capsules for transporting Ebola-infected patients, be readied to deal with the emergency.

 

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