Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center is sending an Ebola response team to Uganda after an outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. James Lawler in their infectious disease expert and says they are prepared to provide training in a situation like this. They successfully treated patients with the illness after an outbreak in West Africa in 2014.
Dr. Lawler says, “We feel that we are one of the world leaders in delivering patient isolation care. We have had ten years’ experience in training with the bio-containment unit and activation in 2014 to care for patients and we feel an obligation to share that knowledge and experience with others in a time of need.”
Dr. Lawler says it is important that the outbreaks overseas be contained there. Otherwise there is the risk of those illnesses coming to the U.S. and other areas around the globe.
Medical Teams International provides support for refugees fleeing violence in the DRC into Western Uganda requested help from UNMC and Nebraska Medicine’s team. One doctor, three nurses and a respiratory therapist left Omaha on September 25th. They will assist at clinics and intake stations associated with refugee camps in Western Uganda.
Photo: Courtesy of UNMC/Nebraska Medicine.