Every Day, Reports about the Ebola epidemic and the human calamity it continues to inflict on the already fragile population is simply frustrating and unbearable. The epidemic has taken an estimated 2,218 lives out of 4,366 cases in West Africa, particularly in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia where more than 1,000 people have died of the disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of an ‘exponential rise’ and it seems figures released by the U.N. agency confirm that the situation is very grimed. The Liberian government has clearly indicated that it lacks the capacity to deal with the situation that requires international intervention and expertise to prevent a human catastrophe at this time.
As The Death rises, the Liberian government has beseeched the United States government to rescue the West African and other countries devastated by the virus in the subregion. The Liberian government is serious about fighting Ebola but there are some administrative weaknesses and serious capacity gaps in delivery of much needed Ebola materials to hospitals, clinics and isolation centers. The lack of capacity seriously undercut the effectiveness of government’s ability to cope with the alarming situation.
Notwithstanding, The Good news is that the United States government is sending 3,000 military personnel to Liberia and other West African countries. The soldiers are expected to train medical staff and engage in other positive initiatives. As stated by President Barack Obama during a television broadcast on NBC recently, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis is a top national security priority for the United States. In order to contain and combat it, President Obama said his administration will partner with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond “just as we fortify our defenses at home.” He added that every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be—as well.”
Such An Assertion from President Obama is a testimony of his commitment and support to strengthen and ensure that a genuine partnership with Africa is harnessed, not only in good times, but especially, in terrible times like these. Stretching beyond borders to save humanity from the scourge of an atrocious disease is perhaps the greatest goodwill any powerful nation can provide to a dying people. The U.S. government says their strategy is predicated on four key goals: controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa; mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region; engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and fortifying global health security.
Moreover, The United States has applied a whole-of-government response to the epidemic, which “we launched shortly after the first cases were reported in March. As part of this, we have dedicated additional resources across the federal government to address the crisis, committing more than $175 million to date. We continue to work with Congress to provide additional resources through appropriations and reprogramming efforts in order to be responsive to evolving resource needs on the ground. Just as the outbreak has worsened, our response will be commensurate with the challenge.”
The Declaration By President Obama is an opportunity for the Liberian government to explore and ensure that it provides all the necessary support and cooperation at this critical time. The Ebola fight exceeds all national issues because it is about saving lives. Therefore, we urge the government and other individuals and groups not to provoke unwarranted issues that are not in line with the goals and objectives of the U.S. government in fighting Ebola.