“The situation is very serious but if we act now, we will have the opportunity to save countless lives.” This was the most important sentence to me, from President Obama’s speech today on Ebola in Africa.
I find it very welcome that the US has finally taken a giant step in assisting to combat the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, particularly Liberia. This unprecedented outbreak in West Africa this year has claimed the lives of more than two and a half thousand people, affecting Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone most adversely. Even though many, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta feel that the US and international community wasted a lot of time before intervening, I think the intervention is still immensely appreciated, as these West African countries are finding it terribly difficult to cope or contain this virus on their own.
The international community has hailed this crucial move by the United States which represents the largest foreign assistance given to fight Ebola. The United States will send 3,000 military personnel to West Africa and will assist in mass training of health care workers to deal with the epidemic surge, and will construct 17 health facilities to treat Ebola patients. All this is included in a $500M budget which was announced by President Obama today.
I’m glad that the United States saw the need to SAVE LIVES. Their supportive move is really appreciated by many, including me. I also have to acknowledge the awesome international medical charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) which is doing an amazing work and has been at the fore front of the fight against Ebola in West Africa.