The US will send 3,000 military troops to help fight off the Ebola outbreak. The measure is a part of a major deployment that is expected from various countries because of the fast evolution of the outbreak in Liberia, where everything is going out of control.
Barack Obama declared that the official US response to the Ebola crisis is to be revealed at a later point in time and it includes building treatment centers, training healthcare workers and establishing military control centers with the purpose of coordination.
According to the World Health Organization, there is a need of around 500 extra medical experts an a minimum of 10,000 local workers. The numbers can rise in the event that the number of people infected rises, which is what specialists expect.
China and Cuba also responded and said they will send staff to Sierra Leona. China sends a staff of 59 with a mobile laboratory in order to help with tests and Cuba is to send 165 citizens in October.
The current Ebola outbreak is spreading chaos and is uncontrolled in Liberia. WHO did not release a new estimate about number of infected people and deaths since September 5. However, according to Margaret Chan, Director General, there is not one bed that is available for another Ebola patient in Liberia.
Liberia officially asked for help from the US the last week. Joanne Liu, Medicins Sans Frontieres international president, held a speech in Geneva and said:
“We are honestly at a loss as to how a single, private NGO is providing the bulk of isolation units and beds. Highly infectious people are forced to return home, only to infect others and continue the spread of this deadly virus. All for a lack of international response.”
President Obama was criticized for not doing more to stop the outbreak, although he did point out that the epidemic was a national security crisis.
Besides the deployment of military forces, the big support from US will come through the extra treatment centers created, each with 100 beds and suitable medical personnel.
The Obama administration already requested $88 million from the US Congress in order to help fight Ebola. Most of the money is meant to increase the production of ZMapp, the experimental antiviral drug that seems to have been successful and 2 Ebola vaccine candidates.