It is the first and most important centre in the country which is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and also serves as an important medical research and training centre. Given the relatively low WHO life expectancy in the country at just 68 years, with diseases such as typhus, typhoid, malaria and bacteraemia, the centre has a highly important task in improving the country's health.
The hospital is funded by the Wellcome Trust in collaboration with the University of Oxford since 2000.
The hospital consists of two floors: a patient ward on the ground floor with rooms varying on degree of isolation, a laboratory and research area and offices and conference rooms on the upper floor.
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