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…In West Africa
The United States Government has designed a number of strategies aimed at helping West African countries affected by the Ebola Virus.
United States President Barrack Obama has stated that Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States.
President Obama said in order to contain and combat the virus, the U.S Government was partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond just as the country fortify its defenses at home.
In a statement, President Obama said the U.S strategy is predicated on four key goals which include 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 infrastructure in the region and beyond.
“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,” President Obama.
He said the United States will leverage the unique capabilities of the U.S. military and broader uniformed services to help bring the epidemic under control, and that the efforts will entail command and control, logistics expertise, training, and engineering support.
The United States President disclosed that the U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts.
According to him, a general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command, will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.
The U.S. Africa Command he noted, will establish a regional intermediate staging base (ISB) to facilitate and expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel.
President Obama further said the Command engineers will build additional Ebola Treatment Units in affected areas, and the U.S. Government will help recruit and organize medical personnel to staff them, as well as establishing a site to train up to 500 health care providers per week, enabling healthcare workers to safely provide direct medical care to patients.
He said the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is preparing to deploy 65 Commissioned Corps officers to Liberia to manage and staff a previously announced Department of Defense (DoD) hospital to care for healthcare workers who become ill.
According to him, the deployment roster will consist of administrators, clinicians, and support staff, and that simple and scalable strategies that complement the use of Ebola Treatment Units are urgently required to disrupt the disease’s transmission.