Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins is confirming to the public that the province is well equipped and prepared in the event any one of its citizens contracts the Ebola virus.
Speaking alongside province’s chief medical health officer, Dr. David Mowat, Hoskin’s, who also reiterated that it’s unlikely the virus will come to the province, and that “All in all, we are prepared and have been prepared — not just for Ebola but for any infectious disease.’
The announcement comes on the same day that the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions brought forward concerns, saying they would be ill-equipped to handle an outbreak.
National nurses associations across the country are warning that their nurses don’t have enough training to deal with the Ebola virus should it come to Canada.
In a letter to Eric Hoskins, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions highlighted five instances in which unnamed Ontario hospitals failed the Ebola readiness test.
Hoskins and Mowat also cited recent cases where patients were put in isolation after showing Ebola-like symptoms, saying the cases showed the protocols worked well, and that continued training of front-line health care workers is already underway.
He also said that health officials will be releasing updated guidelines on how to help deal with Ebola by the end of the week.
As a nurse, does the lack of training one would received concern you? Is Ontario / Canada really ready if the Ebola virus hits home? Is our health care system really capable of handling something this deadly?