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Issue #1661      October 22, 2014

We must help fight Ebola

Statement, Lee Thomas, Federal Secretary
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Healthcare workers who volunteer to work with Ebola patients should be commended, not criticised.

But instead Federal MP Bob Katter has taken aim at these amazing people. Mr Katter unfairly claims that returning aid workers are putting Australians “at risk” by travelling to West Africa to help the victims of the virus.

Already, more than 4,000 people have lost their lives to the Ebola virus, which is sweeping countries, such as Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Senegal.

And there’s no end in sight.

Unfortunately, these countries lack the healthcare expertise and the necessary resources for the treatment and management of the deadly virus. They simply cannot cope with what has become a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.

In Australia, we have highly-educated healthcare professionals who can provide the appropriate care and quarantine procedures for people who have been in contact with infectious diseases like Ebola. Australian nurses have a long, proud history of travelling overseas to join international relief efforts in times of great need. This is one of those times. It’s crucial that the Australian government give more support to the fight against the growing Ebola virus.

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