Oct 15, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Ontario Health Minister Doctor Eric Hoskins says the province is ready and prepared to treat any suspected cases of ebola.
But the Minister says the risk here in Ontario of contracting the deadly virus – remains very low.
Eight suspected cases of ebola have been assessed in the province – but every one of them has, thankfully, turned out to be negative.
Hoskins says that front-line health care workers are already being trained – and he will release updated guidelines to help them deal with ebola – by the end of the week.
He also says the strict infection control protocols that Ontario developed after the deadly SARS outbreak – are in place now.
Earlier today the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario said its health care workers haven’t seen any sign at all – of a provincial strategy for coping with the deadly virus.
Group spokeswoman Doris Grinspun says nurses at two Ontario hospitals with suspected cases of Ebola said they had received no instructions – or education – about dealing with the virus.