Medical workers from Health Department conduct a stimulation exercise on prevention of Ebola i Jakarta. (IANS)

US Designates 35 Hospitals to Ebola Treatment Centres

The US hospitals are all set to treat ebola patients with new equipped centres. The health authorities in US have declared that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have designated a total of 35 hospitals to be ready to treat Ebola patients.

The CDC worked together with state health authorities to determine which hospitals could be designated “Ebola treatment centres”. As per a statement of US Department of Health and Human Services, hospitals with Ebola treatment centers have been designated by state health officials to serve as treatment facilities for Ebola patients based on a collaborative decision with local health authorities and the hospital administration.

“As long as Ebola is spreading in West Africa, we must prepare for the possibility of additional cases in the United States,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden in a written statement on Tuesday after the announcement of the move.

The statement said that the ebola treatment centres are staffed, equipped and have been assessed to have current capabilities, training and resources to provide the complex treatment necessary to care for a person with Ebola while minimising risk to health care workers.

“We are implementing and constantly strengthening multiple levels of protection, including increasing the number of hospitals that have the training and capabilities to manage the complex care of an Ebola patient,” Frieden added.

“These hospitals have worked hard to rigorously assess their capabilities and train their staff,” he said.

The 35 hospitals that have been outfitted to treat Ebola patients will complement the three specialised medical centres in the US that already treat patients with highly contagious diseases, including Emory University Hospital, the Nebraska Medical Centre and the National Institutes of Health, where all the Ebola patients on US territory have been treated so far.

The network of hospitals, which are in areas near the five main cities that serve as entry points for passengers coming from the part of Africa most seriously affected by the disease, will also obtain crucial information about the active observation programme currently under way to monitor such travellers.

According to US health authorities, more than 80 percent of the passengers coming from the region affected by the virus live less than 200 miles from one of the Ebola treatment centres. (IANS)


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