Clarksville, TN – In response to the news that Fort Campbell soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will be deployed to Liberia to assist in fighting the outbreak of the Ebola virus there, State Representative John Tidwell is calling on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to prepare hospital personnel in Montgomery County to protect themselves and our community in the event that a returning soldier is infected with the virus.
“Our military families and our community have endured so many burdens in the War on Terror. Now they are being called upon to assist in the world’s fight against Ebola. We need to be sure our families are not endangered by a lack of preparedness,” said Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell.The CDC, the federal agency charged with leading efforts in the United States to combat the deadly virus, set forth new guidelines Monday for the type of personal protective gear that hospital workers should wear to prevent infection.
But Representative Tidwell says that the CDC needs to come to Montgomery County and train workers on any and all precautions and protocols necessary to protect themselves, their patients, and our community.
“When these soldiers come home, we hope and pray all reasonable precautions will be taken. But one of those precautions should most certainly be for the Center for Disease Control to come to Montgomery County and train personnel at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville and Blanchfield Community Hospital at Fort Campbell,” Tidwell said.