Ebola risks require action: demands from CESI’s Health Services Trade Council

With the Ebola crisis still at large and the risk of infection increasing in Europe, CESI’s Health Services Trade Council has called for specific action to be taken to protect workers at risk throughout Europe.

Ebola risks require action: demands from CESI’s Health Services Trade Council

The plague of Ebola which started on the African continent has spread to Europe where health care workers are dutifully and consciously fulfilling their tasks by taking care of affected patients. However, a number of cases of infection have revealed how difficult it is to avoid infection.

Public authorities and governments must support and protect those who risk their life every day in order to save the lives of others.

Among CESI’s demands that action be taken include recognising infections with Ebola as an occupational illness, sufficient education and training, professional and psychological care for health care workers to cope with the disease and prohibiting pregnant women from risk zones.

CESI demands come days before EU health ministers are set to discuss the introduction of entry screening for those at risk of carrying Ebola. On Thursday (16 October), ministers will discuss actions already being  taken in some countries such as the UK. These discussions will be followed by a video conference call between EU leaders and US President Barack Obama to ensure enhanced coordination for possible responses.

To read CESI’s demands in full, please click on this link.