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Nurses Union Holds National Protest Over Ebola Preparedness

Nurses from across the country participated in a union-organized rally Wednesday to protest the lack of federal response to Ebola.

Registered nurses and supporters gathered across the country in a rally organized by National Nurses United to draw attention to what they see as eroding patient care standards throughout the country and inadequate preparedness in dealing with the Ebola virus.

Evan Brost, a medical surgical nurse at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, helped support the national rally by joining a crowd of nurses in front of the White House.

Brost told The Daily Caller News Foundation the rally had one purpose: “To raise awareness today, that Ebola is a dangerous disease and that nurses in the District, across the country and across the world are not protected from and not trained to deal with it or any other pandemic that may come our way in the near future.”

Brost went on to say, “For our community to be safe, they need to protect our nurses and they need to train our nurses. That means the optimal equipment and that mean interactive training on that optimal equipment.” He said they asked Congress and the president for these things, but have gotten no response.

Brost added, “This is a topic that hits close to home because we know that 10 percent of deaths from the Ebola virus in West Africa are nurses.”

Donna Fleming Cobey, a registered nurse at Providence Hospital, told reporters, “We can have more equipment there, we can have more training for Ebola, we can have more nurses on our units that we work in.”

Jerry Belsky, a Lyndon LaRouche supporter on hand, blames the president.

“We’re supporting this, because it’s obviously an expression of nurses saying this isn’t about wages, their own benefits, there talking about the fact they are not prepared to deal with not only Ebola, but any deadly disease because they don’t have enough people to deal with existing patients,” Belsky told TheDCNF.

“This is part of an economic breakdown and a deliberate policy, which includes ObamaCare” Belsky explains, “This is a deliberate take down of our public health system that has been taking place over years…. They have been shutting down hospitals, they have been firing doctors and cutting medical care, you need to massively expand it.”

Belsky called on the government to “ramp up your health system in the United States” and adopt “an emergency war policy to stop Ebola in Africa.”

“But nothing has been done by the White House,” he concluded.  “It’s going to require Obama being forced out of office like Richard Nixon.”

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