Ebola: getting prepared, working together

We are working with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on a united response to and preparedness for the threat of Ebola spreading to more North American healthcare facilities.

The OHA said today:

A significant amount of preparation has already been taking place in Ontario hospitals. And the announcement of the enhanced protocols and practices gives front-line hospital staff and the public the reassurance they need to know that our hospitals are well-equipped to effectively diagnose and care for Ebola patients.

Ontario hospitals already have strong infection control systems and procedures in place, designed to limit the spread of infection, protect health care workers, and to provide the best possible care for patients. Hospitals continue to follow protocols already in place, and are working with their staff and health partners to ensure that any additional necessary measures are being taken.

Our union president Sharleen Stewart adds:

"We call healthcare workers “the heart of healthcare” and they are the first line of defense against the virus. They will be at risk should the Ebola situation turn into an outbreak locally. We expect employers to fulfill their duty to protect these workers who in turn will do everything they can, as they did during the 2003 SARS outbreak, to come together to take care of people, monitor symptoms, and fight the spread of the virus. We must keep our frontline workers safe and able to continue providing excellent care to Ontarians."

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