contracted the Ebola disease and been isolated for treatment; Maria Romero, a Spanish nurse that treated an Ebola-infected priest also came down with the disease and presently being treated in Madrid, Spain. A British man was obviously infected with Ebola before leaving the UK even though he started showing symptoms and currently have been isolated for treatment. The fear is that Ebola spread could to a million people in the western world and in Europe if not nipped in the bud.
But according to a research conducted with National Nurses United at the Texas Presbyterian hospital, it has become glaring that the hospital was lax at treating Duncan when he was admitted and that medical staff lack proper training and adequate protective gear to protect themselves while handling Ebola cases. Several nurses opened up on the problems and risks they face while handling infectious disease cases like Ebola.
According to Deborah Burger of the National Nurses United, the hospital failed to properly and promptly evacuate Ebola contaminants that were stacked “to the ceilings…” and “we want to make sure this does not happen ever again.”
Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also admitted in relation to the inadequate protective gear that could have given rise to infections that “some healthcare workers were putting on three or four layers of personal protective equipment. Other things were done, such as taping part of the gear in the belief that this would be more protective…” Health workers must be acting in good faith, but “by putting on more layers of gloves and other layers of clothing, it becomes much harder to put them on and much harder to take them off. So the risk of contamination gets much higher.”
Michael Goldfard, spokesman for Doctors Without Borders, an international agency that has recorded 21 Ebola infections among its 3,000 staff in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea among other African and Asian countries observes that “the vast majority of cases occurred outside medical structures, among local/national staff members. While there isn’t zero risk of exposure in our health facilities, the main threat to our staff lies in the communities they return to after working hours.”
And Michael Osterholm, the director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota states that “we’re making this up as we go. We have to be mindful that we’re making it up. One of the worst enemies we can have today is dogma. The rest of Africa is a tanker truck waiting for a match to hit it.”