Province Enhancing Measures to Prepare For Ebola Virus DiseasePublished Posted on | By TZTA News
October 17, 2014
Ontario Provides Additional Measures to Protect the Public and Health Care Workers
Ontario is taking action to enhance the province’s readiness to contain and treat any potential case of Ebola in the province. These measures will further protect the safety of all Ontarians, including health care workers.
The new measures include:
- Asking Ontario’s Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health to issue a directive to hospitals and other acute care settings about new personal protective equipment and training requirements as well as enhanced procedures for containing and treating Ebola.
- Designating Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Hamilton Health Sciences, Health Sciences North, Hospital for Sick Children, Kingston General Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, The Ottawa Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Hospital, and University Health Network’s Toronto Western Hospital as the referral hospitals to treat potential cases of Ebola.
- Enhancing the province’s inventory and availability of personal protective equipment, including ensuring the availability of N95 protective respirators.
- Testing Ebola specimens at Public Health Ontario’s provincial labs starting on Monday October 20, 2014.
- Creating a formal Minister’s Advisory Table on Ebola Preparedness which will include frontline workers and health care providers, and which will meet regularly to provide ongoing advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Creating an Ebola Command Table which will be chaired by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and which will include the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Deputy Minister, Public Health Ontario, the Ministry of Labour and other partner ministries and representatives from the province’s LHINs and designated referral hospitals, among others.
- Assigning appropriately outfitted ambulances to transport potential cases of Ebola to the designated hospitals for treatment.
These measures were developed with guidance from specialists in workplace health and safety in a health care setting.
The province continues to work closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and our provincial and territorial counterparts to ensure Canada’s preparedness.
Ontario’s experience and lessons learned from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic resulted in our health care facilities developing sophisticated infection control systems and procedures to protect health care providers, patients and all Ontarians. This included creating Public Health Ontario to provide scientific and technical support for infection prevention and control, disease surveillance, epidemiology and emergency preparedness.