ALMERIA’S health workers are to receive protective suits and training to safeguard them against diseases of high biological risk such as Ebola.
The 345 protective suits which include goggles, masks, gloves and boots are to provide a barrier against the spread of Ebola for staff in the region. Torrecardenas receives the largest number of suits, as it is Almeria’s referral hospital for any suspected Ebola cases. Other hospitals to benefit include Huercal Overa’s Inmaculada hospital, Poniente and El Ejido, as well as a number of health centres in the province. Although the number of protective suits seems high, they can only be worn once which means they would reduce in number fairly quickly in case of an outbreak.
Torrecardenas hospital in Almeria city has the infrastructure in place for care of serious infectious patients. It has negative pressure isolation rooms, with their own oxygen supply, ensuring that patients and staff elsewhere in the hospital can be treated in safety.
Staff members at Torrecardenas have received additional training in the protocol against Ebola. Everyone from Management staff to housekeeping has been brought up to speed. Head of Public Health for Almeria, Pilar Barroso, confirmed that training began with the services that would have more contact with a suspected case of Ebola like A&E and Intensive Care. Barroso added: “Andalucia’s active protocol is consistent with that established by the World health Organisation and the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.”
Almeria is on level three alert for Ebola, ready to leap into action as was demonstrated with the false alarm in Roquetas de Mar earlier in 2014 when a man with malaria entered a clinic.