Local hospitals can take advantage of Ebola gear stockpile

Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The U.S. government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports, including the New York area's JFK International and Newark Liberty International, as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio Department of Health is adding to its stockpile of health care protective gear in wake of the Ebola scare.

Local hospitals will be able to request the added supplies.

The ODH requested an additional $300,000 in existing funds to acquire more equipment.

Its stockpile right now includes 102,122 face masks, 2,592 goggles, 1,600 shoe covers, 105,300 gloves among thousands of other items.

Hospitals also have their own supplies of protective equipment.

“One of the state’s key missions is supporting our local health partners in the event they need additional supplies, and by adding to our already large stockpile we’ll be in as strong a position as possible to meet those needs,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist and interim chief of the ODH Bureau of Prevention and Health Promotion. “Governor Kasich has tasked Ohio’s public health team with taking an aggressive approach to our Ebola response efforts, ensuring that the state has a strong stockpile of protective equipment is in line with that. Up to this point our efforts have focused on northeast Ohio, but we will be ready to help any community statewide if necessary.”

The ODH is also seeking another $500,000 to help with any cleanup should an Ebola patient be treated in Ohio.

Remember there is a 24-hour-a-day hotline to answer questions about Ebola. The number is 1-866-800-1404. You can also visit ODH on line.

WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s