HHS Readies U.S. Hospitals for Ebola

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Paul Martin

States kept in the dark about severity of the often fatal disease

by Kurt Nimmo
September 17, 2014

Oklahoma Republican State Rep. Mike Ritze told a local television station the Department of Health and Human Services is examining the readiness of hospitals in the state for an influx of Ebola patients.

According to the former chairman of the Tulsa County Republican Party, the HHS is also checking hospitals in New Mexico and other states.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health believes all 50 states have received inquiries from the federal agency about the readiness to accept Ebola patients, according to KFOR in Oklahoma City.

“This may just be a routine inquiry, but it strikes me as curious given the recent outbreak of Ebola cases in West Africa,” said Ritze. “At this point, there is no need to panic, but it would be helpful to get some accurate information from our state and federal health organizations so we know how severe the threat may be.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also told hospitals to prepare for an outbreak in the United States. The CDC released a revised checklist on Ebola preparedness for all hospitals on Monday.

“It’s gone beyond an Ebola crisis to a humanitarian crisis,” said Dr. Steve Monroe of the CDC. “It does require more of a U.S. government-wide response, more than just CDC.”

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