WASHINGTON — President Obama promised western African nations that U.S. troops will be sent to help alleviate the Ebola outbreak crisis that is overrunning countries like Liberia.
Reuters reported that American troops will be building treatment centers and clinics, in addition to training health workers to combat the virus. This latest decision comes soon after his speech on confronting the Islamic State in Iraq, also know by the acronyms IS, ISIS or ISIL.
American troops will be based and will operate out of Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO), aid workers and Liberians praised the decision.
The virus has killed 2,461 people last month, leading the WHO to say a “much faster” response by the world was needed to stop the spread of the virus. Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said in Geneva, “This health crisis we’re facing is unparalleled in modern times…We don’t know where the numbers are going on this.”
It will take weeks for proper treatment clinics to be built and training to take place, which means that the focus of aid workers on the ground will be to treat and contain the virus within communities.