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Finally! A More Hopeful Fight Against Ebola
The news that came out of White House today is that, “President Barack Obama has unveiled plans to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus, White House sources say. Officials say personnel from the American military will be deployed to offer support with several aspects of tackling the pandemic including overseeing the building of new treatment centers and helping train medical staff. The troops are expected to train up to 500 healthcare workers a week, construct 17 healthcare facilities equipped with 100 beds each and establish a joint command based in Monrovia, Liberia, to co-ordinate between US and international relief efforts”.
At first, especially with the word "troops" used in first line in this news report, I thought it was a satiric report. Thought the writer was attempting to point to the fact that the fight against Ebola also deserves as much attention from the United Stated as the terror group ISIS. But, few words into the reading, I discovered it wasn’t what I assumed. Rather, in truth the President did actually unveil a plan to fight the Ebola Virus disease. I heaved a sigh of relief and thought to myself: Finally! A more hopeful fight against this pandemic.
At first, after reading the first line of this news report, especially with the way it is worded, I thought it was a satiric report. I thought the writer was attempting to point to the fact that the fight against Ebola also deserves as much attention from the United Stated as the terror group ISIS. But, few words more into the reading, I discovered it wasn’t what I assumed. Rather, in truth the President did unveil a plan to fight Ebola today. I heaved a sigh of relief and thought to myself: Finally! A more hopeful fight against this whole Ebola pandemic.
In deed, this brings with it a lot of hope into the fight against this deadly Viral disease, which has been ravaging parts of West Africa at the moment since March. It is reported to have killed over 2,400 since then, including one Spaniard, with new cases reported daily. Even when there are 4,366 already on record according to the World Health Organization (WHO). On the home front, 3 Americans have been infected with it, 2 have been treated and 1 still in the hospital.
Though this disease with high fatality rate is localized to a particular part of the world, yet its infectious potentials and possibilities aren’t restricted to those areas alone. The current outbreak has already within 7 months broken all historically known records on it, from when it first appeared in 1976. Till date, it hasn't been transmitted between humans (though such potential was known) to this extent, has killed and infected “more people than all previous outbreaks combined” and for the first time there is the fear it may become air borne, given the possible mutation patterns of the virus. Still, in all these experts are predicting it will likely take “12 to 18 months more, much longer than anticipated…before it is brought under control”. With Mother Nature considered “the only force in charge of the crisis at this time”.
Now, this is the bitter and scary reality, it will only take one infected person in this fluid world, for it to be less or non-localized as it is considered right now. Think about the extent of human, economic, social and political havoc it has already wreaked in these less mobile societies when compared to the developing and advanced ones. Then imagine the extent of catastrophe the world will be plunged into, if just one infected individual (already diagnosed or not) travels out of the present epicenters unchecked. I don't even want to envisage what the outcome could be. Since its “Infections could spread quickly to every part of the globe, as the H1N1 influenza virus did in 2009, after its birth in Mexico” or even more rapidly.
Why this added fight dimension is a hopeful one
With United States’ direct involvement, and readiness to take on the disease head on as outlined by the President, it is an added fight dimension against the disease that brings with it hope. Not just for the already ravaged areas, but for the entire world. So, no matter how much fund or manpower the U.S. commits, the fact that they are in the fore front alone, will definitely energize other nations to get involved as well. Thus, bolstering effort against the disease as opposed to allowing it to be a national or regional one, which is what it has been all these while.
While, authorities in the affected nations have done a lot, given that, they have relatively controlled its spread; taken some measures to curtail the number of cases and deaths thus far, yet there has always been the need for a global response. Especially spare headed by a nation, with war chest resources and experienced as the United States. For a more effective and successful fight against the disease. So as to forestall the possibility of a global Ebola Virus disease epidemic. A situation which won’t augur well at a time like this, when the world economy is recovering from an impactful recession.
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Julia Beluzz (August 28, 2014). Why this Ebola outbreak is so bad, in one graphic. Retrieved from http://www.vox.com/health-care/2014/8/28/6078301/just-how-bad-this-ebola- outbreak-is-in-one-graphic/in/5712456