OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, with Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor, announced the deployment of a second mobile lab team to West Africa.
Today, the Public Health Agency of Canada deployed a second mobile laboratory and two additional Agency scientists to Sierra Leone to join the Agency's existing team in the field in Kailahun. A third scientist will leave on Tuesday.
One mobile lab team will continue to provide rapid diagnostic support to help local healthcare workers to quickly diagnose Ebola. The second mobile lab team will work with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to monitor the effectiveness of infection prevention procedures such as handwashing stations, face masks and disposal sites to prevent the further spread of Ebola.
On-site laboratory support that produces results in only a few hours is pivotal in responding effectively to an outbreak of Ebola, as it allows for faster isolation of Ebola cases and patient care.
In addition, at the recent meeting of federal-provincial-territorial health ministers in Banff, Alberta, all Ministers endorsed the Multi-lateral Information Sharing Agreement (MLISA), which improves our ability to deal with urgent public health events like Ebola and plan for the health and safety of Canadians by allowing the timely sharing of public health information across jurisdictions.
"Canada is well prepared with a number of systems in place to identify and prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases like Ebola, here at home. Our Government will continue to ensure Canadians are protected and safe and that we continue to assist in this devastating outbreak. Canadians can be proud of the efforts we are doing to help fight this outbreak. Today's announcement of a second mobile lab and team is another example of actions we are taking."
Honourable Rona Ambrose,
Minister of Health
"Infectious diseases do not respect borders. This mobile laboratory team will provide pivotal surge capacity to our existing team in the field and help our international partners stop the spread of this deadly disease."
Dr. Gregory Taylor
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Image with caption: "An example of a mobile laboratory used by Public Health Agency of Canada scientists in the field in the Ebola outbreak response. (CNW Group/Public Health Agency of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141004_C3646_PHOTO_EN_6314.jpg
SOURCE: Public Health Agency of Canada
For further information: Michael Bolkenius,Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Federal Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200; Media Relations, Public Health Agency of Canada, (613) 957-2983
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