Administrators at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center say they have introduced a new strategy to help reduce the risk of infection among health workers and other employees.
At a press conference yesterday at the JFK, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Billy C. Johnson said special essential emergency care has been provided for the protection of the lives of health practitioners against the epidemic.
According to Dr. Johnson, “The country’s leading referral medical center has to take the lead in providing treatments for all the cases on hand, in order to ensure that we successfully fight the deadly Ebola virus and other diseases.”
He disclosed that the symptomatic treatment protocol is inclusive and does not turn away patients with other medical issues and symptoms similar to those experienced with Ebola, such as fever, vomiting or nausea, diarrhea and other treatable cases. He said Malaria affected 52,000 people and resulted into a thousand deaths.
Dr. Johnson pointed out that more people would die from malaria and typhoid fever than from Ebola, stating that “We cannot ignore these common illnesses that our people are suffering from in other places.”
The Chief Medical Officer of JFK further disclosed that, “We have implemented safe triage strategies to rapidly identify and treat patients with no symptoms of Ebola virus disease, while preparing to render other care services. We have also implemented triage strategies in the emergency care area to safely and rapidly identify and isolate suspected Ebola cases for rapidly triage and transfer to the Ebola treatment units for diagnosis and management.”
The JFK has implemented appropriate symptomatic treatment protocol for low risk exposure, and facilities of non-Ebola febrile symptoms in false positives.
The JFK , Dr. Johnson said, would support health care workers serving in the acute care areas with appropriate psychological support and logistical resources.
According to him, “The idea is intended to treat the symptoms without the usual lab investigation, do basic brief history and symptoms of patients.”
Chief Administrator, Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, said midwives at the hospital have been issued protective gear and have performed close to 100 deliveries nice the facility reopened.