It’s about time the United States rolled-up its sleeves and dug into the problem in Africa.
Maybe it’s the increasing threat that it could make it’s way to the United States as Ebola begins to knock on the door of the Western world. Or maybe it’s because this Ebola outbreak doesn’t seem to quite.
Either way, I am glad to see President Obama stepping up the United State’s involvement in West Africa.
According to the Associated Press:
“President Barack Obama plans to dramatically boost the U.S. effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the U.S. military, people familiar with the proposal said.”
“Among the possible moves: sending additional portable hospitals, doctors and health-care experts, providing medical supplies and conducting training for health workers in Liberia and other countries.
Mr. Obama also is expected to urge Congress to approve the request he made last week for an additional $88 million to fund his proposal.”
But despite this efforts, aid workers are facing more than just Ebola:
“Not only is the virus now spreading fast, but health workers and epidemiologists have been physically attacked or run out of villages by angry or frightened locals. Some locals argue that Ebola is a bioweapon seeded by the West.”
What’s probably the most frustrating aspect of the Ebola outbreak and now a delayed response from the Western world, is the fact that Doctors Without Borders has been calling for more help since the very beginning.
Lesson learned? I hope so.