Two Montreal hospitals have been designated as treatment centres for patients infected with the Ebola virus if any should arrive in Quebec.
Notre-Dame Hospital would receive adult patients, while children infected with the Ebola virus would be sent to Sainte-Justine Hospital.
The two hospitals were named by Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois Tuesday morning.
In a news release, Barrette said designating the two hospitals does not take away from the capacity of every hospital in Quebec to provide safe emergency care for possible cases of Ebola, in accordance with established public safety protocols.
However, patients would be transferred to the two designated hospitals for more specialized infectious-disease care.
Charlebois said the preparations are only precautions, and the risk of Ebola arriving in Quebec remains small.
“We can’t forget that sanitary conditions here are very different from those in Africa, which radically diminishes the risk of [Ebola] spreading in Quebec,” she said.
The ministers also announced that any possible cases of Ebola will be reported and information posted on the website for Quebec’s Ministry of Health.