Obama gave a speech today at the CDC about the threat posed by the West African Ebola Outbreak and what the US government is doing to help the affected countries.
“If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday after briefings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University.
“It’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down,” Obama said, speaking of the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. At least 2,400 people have died, with Liberia bearing the brunt.
President Obama outlined multiple parts of the US plan to fight the outbreak. In the video of the speech (which CauseScience posted previously), Obama also commented on working to leave the affected countries better prepared to deal with outbreaks in the future, as well as asking congress to provide support for US research into treatments and vaccines.
—Send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region
—Train as many as 500 health care workers a week.
—Erect 17 heath care facilities in Liberia of 100 beds each.
—Set up a joint command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to coordinate U.S. and international relief efforts.
—Provide home health care kits to hundreds of thousands, including 50,000 that the U.S. Agency for International Development will deliver to Liberia this week.
—Carry out a home- and community-based campaign to train local populations on handling exposed patients.