Ebola response

There are going to be some residents who question why the Interior Health Authority (IHA) is putting resources into Ebola response,

There are going to be some residents who question why the Interior Health Authority (IHA) is putting resources into Ebola response. How can the disease that’s infecting and killing thousands in western Africa show up in B.C.?

However, consider that there have been confirmed cases in Texas while there have been several individuals across Canada tested for Ebola-like symptoms.

We live in a world that is increasingly small, with local residents travelling well beyond our valley for employment, recreation and humanitarian efforts. As an example, a school district in the North Okanagan-Shuswap area recently agreed to students going to China instead of the original destination, Ghana, which has been impacted by Ebola.

It’s entirely reasonable to think that someone from here may be in western Africa or another destination, such as Texas, where Ebola is present.

As a result, IHA has to be prepared for someone with Ebola-like symptoms to walk into a hospital.

What will the initial response be from medical personnel? Where will the patient be quarantined from everyone else? What resources will be needed in an Interior community to ensure the patient is treated properly and sufficient steps are taken to prevent the possible spread if Ebola is diagnosed?

The BC Nurses Union has raised alarm bells about the health authority’s ability to handle a case of Ebola and, as health care professionals, nurses provide a wealth of expertise. But everyone at the table — doctors, nurses, technicians, etc. — need to work co-operatively instead of finger-pointing or pursuing individual mandates.

Obviously we hope Ebola does not arrive in our area, but if it does, all of us, residents and medical personnel, need to ensure we are prepared.

 

Just Posted

CP Holiday Train headed to Castlegar

The festive food bank fundraiser will take place December 12.

Rossland’s Rekindle lights the fire of the Christmas spirit

Kickoff to the festive season always a treat for young and old

WorkSafeBC investigating serious incident at Trail landfill

Incident shuts down McKelvey Creek landfill Friday morning

Nelson and Rossland accepted as interveners in Supreme Court of Canada carbon pricing case

Victoria, Vancouver, Squamish, and Richmond also have intervener status

Rapping mom busts rhymes for Castlegar rec centre kid’s drop-in

Funny video with important message about importance of service

‘Kind of lacking:’ Injured Bronco wonders why Canada won’t fund spinal surgery

“I think if Canada can step in and advance this program”

Dance cancelled after Alberta teacher’s climate lesson prompts online threats

School district near Red Deer cancelled annual family dance due to Facebook comments

Feds not enforcing standards on Hungarian duck imports, B.C. farmer says

‘You have no way of knowing what’s in the bag’

In surprise move, defence won’t call witnesses for accused in Abbotsford school killing

‘Change of instructions’ results in defence closing case without calling evidence

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

74% of 911 calls are from cellphones, so know your location: E-Comm

Cell tower triangulation generally only narrows location down to the block someone is calling from

No negligence in RCMP actions in B.C. teen’s overdose death: Watchdog

Police acted properly when they responded to the first reports of the boy being in distress

320 years since the ‘Big One’ doesn’t mean it’s overdue: B.C. professor

‘It could happen today, tomorrow or 100 years from now’

Most Read