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Whether it’s Ebola or COVID-19, Vancouver street nurse Meaghan Thumath feels at home helping the less fortunate (CGSHE)

Meaghan Thumath has returned to her roots as a street nurse. (Photo credit: The Georgia Straight)

Meaghan Thumath started working as a street nurse in Vancouver with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control in 2008. Since then, she has been at the centre of some of the most extreme health crises at home and abroad.

Thumath recently returned from an Ebola deployment in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a humanitarian aid worker with the World Health Organization. A clinical advisor to Vancouver Coastal Health’s COVID-19 response, she then travelled to Trenton, Ontario, for a Canadian Red Cross deployment to support Canadian COVID-19 evacuees from Wuhan, China.

“My time working on Ebola in West Africa has absolutely helped prepare me for the COVID-19 response,” says Thumath, who’s also clinician scientist at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity and clinical assistant professor at UBC’s School of Nursing. “Many of the principles of infection control, emergency management, and outbreak response are the same.

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