Oct 17, 2014
By Jane Brown
U.S. lawmakers in Washington D.C. have blasted the Obama administration’s handling of Ebola on American soil. Republican Timothy Murphy warned yesterday that public trust is waning after two Dallas nurses caring for a Liberian man with the disease contracted the virus. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testified before a House oversight and investigations subcommittee that he feels confident Ebola poses no major U.S. health risk.
Doctor Michael Gardam is the head of infection prevention and control for Toronto’s University Health Network. He told the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, Canada is “implementing precautions at hospitals that are more than what the CDC is recommending. What’s interesting is that the CDC is under fire because they’ve had two healthcare workers that have gotten ill and people are challenging why they didn’t follow a more precautionary approach. I really feel that’s something we picked up over SARS and we’ve actually applied it.”
That comment is echoed by Ontario Health Minister Doctor Eric Hoskins, who says the province adopted some of the most stringent and effective prevention control measures in the world after SARS in 2003. Hoskins plan to release updated guidelines for dealing with Ebola today.
Meantime, Prime Minister Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that Canada is about to announce new measures in the ongoing fight against Ebola. According to a summary of the conversation released by Harper’s office, the prime minister made the promise yesterday in a phone call with Obama. The new measures will add to Canada’s current commitment of $35-million, as the UN warns that the virus must be contained within 60 days.