Cincinnati Public Health: CDC’s Ebola response to public health crisis
The Cincinnati Public Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the CDC has begun a new Ebola response.
Public Health Director Mark Saucier announced the change at a news conference in Cincinnati.
The agency said that the response will begin with the hiring of two more health care providers, which will allow it to focus more on responding to Ebola cases in the city.
Saucier said the new hires would bring the city’s total number of staff and contractors to nearly 30,000.
The CDC has been preparing to expand its response to the pandemic in response to a rise in cases of the virus in the United States.
The CDC has said it will be taking about 400 new employees and will also hire 1,200 additional staff over the next two weeks to work in a new building.
The move comes just a few weeks after the CDC’s chief medical officer, Dr. David Lakey, warned the agency’s resources could be stretched even further.
The new hires will be added to an already large workforce, Sauciers said.
Lakey said the CDC will have to decide if it wants to expand the response to include more health professionals and if it is better to do so now, as the pandemics ebola outbreak has worsened.
“I’m a little concerned that we’re going to see a delay in our response,” Lakey said.
“I think we’re at the point where we need to make the best decision we can.
I think it’s best to respond to this now.
It’s time to put together a team to address the pandems health threats.”
Lakey also said he is concerned that the pandemaker virus may have spread more quickly in the U.S. than in other countries.
The U.K., France, Canada, Germany, India, New Zealand and South Africa have all experienced an increase in the number of cases, but the U of C has seen the most cases.
Lakeym said he’s concerned about the impact of the new Ebola hospital construction on the public health response.
He said that while the CDC is working with the state and city to design the new facility, he also worries about the effect the construction will have on the city and its population.
“The fact is we’re building a new hospital that will house more people than we’re ever going to need,” Lakeym said.