Ebola has never yet appeared in the communities served by Bwindi Community Hospital. But that does not mean that BCH has not considered such a scenario. Recently Dr. Leonard, a pediatrician held a teaching session for the staff on Bwindi Community Hospital’s contingency plans in the event of a suspected case. The staff expressed concern for gate guards and porters and intake nurses as those who might first be unknowingly exposed to Ebola if a case presented to the out-patient ward. Community workers are letting surrounding communities know that any suspected case should be reported to the hospital so that trained health workers can go out to the location and transport the person in, using protocol to avoid contact with other patients and staff. Two consultation rooms and a restroom on the ground floor of the HIV building have been designated as the isolation area. Staff located on that level was informed that they need to have backup workplace plans should the isolation area be set up. Two Ebola kits with aprons, masks, gloves and booties are available in Room 7 of the HIV building with printed instructions. Ebola drills will be held so that everyone knows their duties. The staff wants additional sessions to practice putting on and taking off the Ebola outfits in addition to the printed instructions. A communications system will also be part of the evolving contingency plan so that partner organizations and volunteer teams can make informed decisions.  


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