10 July 2014

Liberia: Physician Assistants Call for More Ebola Protective Gears

The President of the Liberia Physician Assistants Association (LIPAA) has underscored the need for the Ministry of Health to provide more protective gears for health workers to prevent them from contracting the Ebola virus.

LIPAA head Jerry Kollie observed that the lack of adequate protective equipment for health workers, particularly physician assistants and nurses who are assigned at health facilities, has led to the death of some health workers, creating fear among staff in some health centers.

Kollie made the statement Tuesday at a press conference at the LIPAA head office in Monrovia.

He indicated that, while it is true that health workers took vows to protect lives and save patients in their care, it is also critical that the health workers be protected by the issuance of the necessary gears to save them from infection.

He pointed out that if health workers should continue providing effective and efficient services at health facilities across Liberia, then the Ministry of Health must ensure that the staff safety and wellbeing are guaranteed.

Meanwhile, the LIPAA official has cautioned health workers to take preventive measures as some of their colleagues have already died from Ebola, while others are in critical condition as a result of Ebola infection.

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