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.