President Obama turns his attention to help West Africa fight Ebola by deploying 3,000 military personnel to countries in West Africa. United States is planning to accommodate 100 beds in each treatment center and hopes to send 400,000 treatment kits with sanitizer and other necessary items.
According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the country is trying to raise funds of $100 million whereas, Mr. President is trying to raise an additional amount of $88 million to fund the federal government. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that it needs medical teams from foreign countries composed of around 600 experts and at least 10,000 local health workers.
The President is currently facing a criticism as he called the epidemic a national security issue but failed to take any satisfactory action. He has also planned a visit to U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday.
The virus has already killed at least 2,400 people, and there are now cases emerging in Nigeria and Senegal. Most effected areas are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The number of cases is increasing exponentially and require appropriate measures to minimize the effect in the area. However, the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low at this time, but that does not eliminate the risk, and necessary steps are required to control it. To prevent the outbreak in the country passengers flying from the other countries are being screened, and those arriving were isolated if they had symptoms of the disease.
The fight against Ebola is considered a national security issue because the disease threatens fragile governments in Africa that could lead to more space for terrorists. “The Ebola outbreak poses a serious threat to post-conflict recovery in these countries” The Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said.