With the latest case of Ebola confirmed in the U.S., Canadian media looked inward to see if our health-care system is ready to handle the disease.
By Jake English, for the International Reporting Bureau at Humber College
Canadian media outlets reacted to the second confirmed case of a health-care worker contracting Ebola in the U.S. by linking its foreign coverage to the prevention efforts already underway in Canada.
The Globe and Mail ran its Ebola coverage above the fold with the headline “Ottawa readies Ebola response team.” Kelly Grant’s report detailed how each province has prepared itself to prevent the spread of Ebola and how to treat a patient if a carrier were to come home with the disease. The Globe spoke with the federal? health minister, health officials, the director of the University Health Network, in Toronto, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to get a picture of how Canadian hospitals would handle the disease.
In other international coverage, the Globe ran a story on page A3 about a pair of Canadian hikers missing after an avalanche in Nepal. Four Canadians are confirmed dead after the disaster.
The National Post ran a front-page story with the headline “Canadian nurses warn over Ebola.” The story ran above the fold with a throw to the inside. Canadian nursing unions warned their workers are not any better protected than the two in the U.S. who have contracted the disease. The Post also ran the Nepalese avalanche story on its front page, above the fold, with a throw to page A14.
CBC’s The National led with a report from the Ottawa bureau about how the Canadian government plans to double its treatment efforts in West Africa. Government officials told the CBC this could mean an additional $30 million in aid to the region. CBC also reported plans by Ottawa to have aircraft on standby to relocate anyone suspected of carrying Ebola in Canada to the closest treatment facility in the country.
The Toronto Star topped its world section with an Associated Press story on the ground gained by Kurdish fighters in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Kobani.
Global News and CTV News both led their online world sections with a report on the Nepalese avalanche.