National Nurses United last week announced that it had received a major donation from Kappler Incorporated, an Alabama-based garment manufacturer, of 1,000 Hazmat special protective suits for embattled nurses, doctors, and other health workers heroically fighting to stem the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Lack of protective suits is a major problem slowing efforts to contain the spread of Ebola as thousands of nurses, doctors and other health workers have been infected, and many have died, in what has been called an “unprecedented” rate. “Tragically, the Ebola outbreak is only getting worse and spreading to more countries,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN, director of NNU’s Registered Nurse Response Network. “All of us have a responsibility to support the humanitarian effort and assist the heroic nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers who are on the frontlines risking their lives to heal the thousands of infected patients in West Africa. This is only the beginning of a stepped up effort in the U.S. We must act before it is too late,” said Castillo. The Network continues to urge donations for the purchase of additional equipment.
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