The University of Findlay’s College of Pharmacy has raised more than $500 to purchase disposable rubber gloves for medical personnel who are treating West African Ebola victims.
Dr. Rick Dudley, chair and associate professor of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, has been leading the campaign, which is collecting funds from faculty, staff and students.
Julie Borer, the College of Pharmacy’s administrative assistant, said the Department has purchased more than 12 cases of gloves to help those combating the disease, which kills about half of those who become infected. The gloves are being sent to Dr. Ken O’Beirne, a Toledo physician. He, along with his wife, Cloy Dellaripa, are then shipping the gloves, along with masks and hospital gowns, overseas.
In August, news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal began reporting about African medical workers using little or no protective gear against infectious disease because of low or nonexistent supplies. As of Sept. 23, the Ebola virus has killed 3,091 people, some who were medical personnel working on the front lines of this health crisis, the World Health Organization reports.
The outbreak is the largest in history. Affecting multiple countries in West Africa, it is also the first time this disease has reached epidemic proportions.
The Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, located in the Davis Street Building at 300 Davis Street, is continuing to collect money to buy gloves for donation.