Ebola Virus Rapidly Spiralling Out Of Control In Africa
Cases Increase To Over 5,000 people
“Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it,” these were the chilling words uttered by Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now killed 2,811 in West Africa. The UN health agency said a total of 5,864 people had been infected in five West African countries as of 18 September.
The World Health Organisation states new figures of nearly 200 new deaths recorded in one day. They also warned as many as 20,000 people could be infected before the outbreak is over.
The outbreak in Liberia that is a matter of grave concern. The country is home to more than half of the epidemic's deaths (1,578) and nearly half of all cases (3,022).
The WHO declared that cases are "increasing exponentially" in the country, where "the demands of the Ebola outbreak have completely outstripped the government's and partners' capacity to respond," thus making the situation unsustainable and unmanageable.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s sent a desperate letter to President Barack Obama, appealing the U.S. government to take a more aggressive policy to combat this deadly epidemic, stated the situation in clear terms, “Without help from your government,” she wrote, “we will lose this battle against Ebola.”
As a result United States President Barack Obama announced plans to deploy 3,000 US troops in Ebola-hit Liberia to help fight against the outbreak. Obama pledged that the US will step up its effort in the fight against the outbreak and ‘lead’ the global battle against the West African epidemic.
Dr Cesar Chelala told the Epoch Times that sending the troops could have a detrimental effect on African countries and medical assistance would be more beneficial:
“The United States has promised technical help, its sending troops can be seen as interference in other countries’ security affairs, in a region of the world, which is particularly sensitive to these issues. Bringing military personnel is not the best way to build confidence in the countries most affected by the infection. Doctors and nurses are most needed, in addition to other personnel in charge of education and communication issues.”
Chelala also said that, “the United States needs to coordinate its response with countries that have promised to send health workers.”
It seems his plea was answered. The European Union has pledged €140 million to reinforce the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
According to Rte "We will work together to coordinate the aid effort," Beatrice Lorenzin said as EU health ministers met in Milan.