After attending a briefing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 16) announced that he will be deploying 3,000 military personnel to West Africa, primarily Liberia and Senegal. Also, he will ask Congress for $500 million in aid to help control and eliminate the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
So far the epidemic has killed 9,000 people.
The Virus has spread to such countries as Liberia, Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.
The World Health Organization, or WHO, says that there is not one single bed available to treat an Ebola patient in the entire country of Liberia. The number of people infected by the virus is growing exponentially and the spread needs to be controlled immediately. There is not enough aid, supplies, beds, treatment facilities, or medical staff to help people that are infected.
During the briefing, Obama said:
“These men and women and children are just sitting, waiting to die, right now. And it doesn’t have to be this way.”
Obama also spoke about how the outbreak is a global issue and that more nations need to get involved because it is a global security threat.
The United States is promising 1,700 beds and $175 million to the affected areas in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. USAID is giving $75 million for treatment facilities and 400,000 treatment kits with sanitizer, on top of the 16 tons of medical supplies they gave last month.
If this outbreak doesn’t get under control and other countries don’t get involved, the U.S. will be supplying a lot more than the 5,000 body bags they are currently sending.
To help fight the spread of the Ebola virus, President Obama is sending 3,000 troops to Africa and is asking Congress for $500 million in Aid. Find out why!