The US recently gave an update on their stand in regards to the worsening situation in Africa, where hundreds of civilians are dying of Ebola; sometimes just outside of a treatment center.
According to the Obama Administration, 3,000 troops will be deployed to the heart of the Ebola epidemic, Monrovia, Liberia, and will be aided by the the U.S. Africa Command in a newly formed Joint Force Command headquarter.
While Liberia is at the epicenter of the epidemic, other nations including Sierra Leon, Nigeria and Guinea are also suffering.
The exact mission of the US armed forces in Liberia is unclear, but it has been confirmed that the US will be acting as the lead force in the efforts, and will be assigned to protect and supervise any movement by medical staff, of heavy equipment and supplies; suggesting that their role is to control any civilian riots that may occur as a result of growing tensions with regards to lack of medical treatment for many suffering from the disease. The Pentagon has also released a statement about their intentions to provide resources for the temporary construction of a 25-bed hospital in the danger zone, but is meant for the treatment of its personnel and that of the medical staff.
There are concerns about US troops patrolling the area, causing riots and tension within Liberia and its bordering nations.
As of right now the DOD has stated that the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will be sending 65 clinicians, administrators and support staff to manage the running of the 25-bed facility. Last week however, the DOD stated that the facility would be turned over to the Liberian government after it was built, confirming that the US is in deed taking a lead position in the efforts now.
USAID has also purchased 5,000 body bags and 160,000 hazmat suits, to be shipped to Liberia for the mission. As of right now, Ebola has infected 4,900 civilians and killed 2,400; many of which were from Liberia. Officials on both sides are warning personnel not to travel across borders to prevent further coming into contact with the disease. Ebola is a type of hemorrhagic fever which is transferred through contact with bodily fluids like blood, saliva and sweat. The preparations for burial in Liberia often require contact with the bodies of the dead, spreading the disease more.
© C. J. Leger September 16, 2014
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