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GMH physician has experience in Liberia

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Although the chances of Ebola in Guam are remote, agencies like the Guam Memorial Hospital are preparing nonetheless, and according to GMH administrator Joseph Verga they've actually got on staff a physician that worked the front lines of Liberia where Ebola is known to have started.

Dr. Georgina Calderon has been tasked with leading the hospital's Ebola preparation efforts, and said, "I was staffing a rural office in Liberia and this was just as the epidemic was starting and people started to realize its true impact. The hospital where I worked to give you some perspective had no running water and it ran on a generator and despite that it served a large area including some patients from neighboring counties  we were incredibly ill prepared nonetheless I brought some privately donated personal protective equipment that we set up, we set up an isolation unit we did have some patients that were suspected Ebola cases and we immediately sent them to a larger hospital that was better equipped to handles those patients but It all really comes down to preparation."

Dr. Caledron is well traveled, she's been to over five countries, has 30 publications, studied at John Hopkins University as well as received her medical training at the University of California San Francisco. She also has a master of public health. Tomorrow the hospital is participating in a table top Ebola planning drill with the Guam Homeland Security.

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