Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Create emergency measures to ensure medical staff are prepared to combat Ebola
Medical staff in America are woefully unprepared to deal with Ebola, according to a survey by the National Nurses Union. After a patient suffering from symptoms of the disease was discharged from an emergency room without the correct diagnosis, questions arose as to whether hospitals had emergency plans in place for dealing with a potential outbreak. While the patient is now in isolation and his friends and family are closely monitored, the patient was initially allowed to return to the public with contagious symptoms, which greatly increased the risk that the disease would spread.
According to the survey, 80 percent of nurses say that their hospitals have not provided a policy for the admission and care of Ebola patients. Almost 90 percent said that no education was provided on how to properly treat and contain those showing symptoms of the disease. One third of those questioned reported that their hospitals lacked sufficient isolated rooms with plastic linens which would be disposed of after each use, and that there were insufficient protective garments such as eyewear and fluid-resistant gowns.
The outbreak has resulted in the deaths of over half of the infected in West Africa, where it began. The World Health Organization classified the disease as an international health emergency, while the United Nations labeled it a threat to international peace and security. Despite this, hospital staff have not yet been trained in how to deal with the spread of a disease which was almost certain to show up within American borders. Your signature will demand that a nationwide emergency plan is made, and that all hospitals and medical facilities are properly staffed and equipped to stop the spread of Ebola.
Dear President Obama,
The overwhelming majority of nurses in America are feeling unprepared to deal with the threat of Ebola, which has recently been confirmed within U.S. borders. Nurses report a lack of emergency protocol, proper isolation units, and education on how to treat and contain the outbreak, as well as insufficient equipment such as impermeable clothing and protective eyewear.
While the U.S. medical system is far better prepared to deal with the Ebola virus than those in Western Africa, it is brazenly overconfident to have no emergency plan in place. In order to protect American citizens, it is imperative that the country’s medical staff are properly trained and equipped. We, the undersigned, demand that a comprehensive plan is created immediately to respond to Ebola in America.
[Your Name Here]
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