Watch: Work underway on High Risk Infectious Disease Unit at Mater Dei

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Structural works are underway to build a special unit in the Infectious Disease Ward at Mater Dei Hospital. The special unit would be used to treat patients with rare cases of infection which would be deemed very high risk to the community. This was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne.

The project which will cost €1.7 million is being partially financed by EU funds.

While visiting the site, Minister Fearne explained that that the High Degree Isolation Unit would be used in the eventuality of receiving infectious cases like the Marburg virus, Dengue, Ebola, Lassa fever, Sars Co-V and other pathogens.

Fearne said that until the end of the year, Mater Dei Hospital will be one of the few centres in Europe equipped to treat patients who have contracted highly infectious diseases. The staff would be able to offer the best quality health service without exposing them to risks.

The structural works are being coordinated by the Foundation for Medical Services. Both foreign and local experts are involved in the design of the unit in collaboration with medical experts at Mater Dei Hospital.

FMS Chief Projects Officer Andrew Vella Zarb explained that for the special isolation unit to receive the highest safety certificate, a number of structural requirements were needed in other parts of the hospital, in particular on the air purification system.

Video: Ministry of Health

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