Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe

An article from the WHO
May 1, 2016
Dr Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility that she supervises.
 
“Ebola is under control now, but we try to keep up the infection prevention and control systems that were put in place during the outbreak,” Dr Touré says, pointing to several sturdy, brightly-coloured bins, each one designated for the disposal of varying waste matter.
 
Dr Touré remembers when patients with Ebola symptoms first started arriving at the hospital. She describes the determination of her team to help the incoming, amid confusion, fear and risky practices.
 
“We had no protective supplies at the beginning or knowledge of how to keep ourselves or our patients safe,” recalls the facility director. “There was nowhere to screen patients when they came or separate them if they met the case definition for Ebola. So everybody was together and exposed—patients, family, visitors, health workers.”
 
Staff at the centre eventually set up a tent in the courtyard of the building to isolate suspect Ebola cases.
 
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