Liberia’s Nurses Go on Strike amid Ebola Outbreak
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - In the midst of an Ebola outbreak Liberia’s nurses from the country’s largest hospital went on strike. Calling for higher salaries, they also demanded equipment to protect them from the Ebola virus that has killed hundreds in Liberia.
The nurses will not go back to work until they have “personal protective equipment (PPEs)”, the hazmat-style suits that protect against the spread of the disease, AFP quoted a spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia’s John F. Kennedy hospital, John Tugbeh, as saying.
Despite Ebola being a deadly threat – with 694 registered deaths in Liberia alone – local medics have not been adequately protected against the infection, he said.
“From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs,” Tugbeh said.
Last week, the head of the Centers for Disease Control in the United States warned that the situation in West Africa remains grim.
“I wish I didn’t have to say this, but it is going get worse before it gets better,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told the Associated Press this week upon completion of a trip to Liberia.
Countries around the world have stepped up preparedness in case the virus crosses their own borders.
Russia’s Federal Biomedical Agency (FMBA) on Tuesday announced it is setting up a special recovery team that has been tasked to help fight the Ebola outbreak, Itar-Tass reported.
The team’s task will be to prevent the spread of Ebola in Russia, in case the virus crosses into its territory. The team consists of 16 people, including “infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists, laboratory technicians and resuscitators,” FMBA said. “Specialists are trained to provide a full cycle of treatment to patients with especially dangerous infections.”
Due to the overall worsening of the situation around the spread of the disease, FMBA will be holding a meeting later on Tuesday that will focus on how to prevent the emergence and spread of particularly dangerous infectious diseases in the country.