Now beyond control: The world is not doing enough to stop the Ebola outbreak that is destroying West Africa
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
9/3/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The current Ebola outbreak that is ravaging much of western Africa is worse than official figures show and is "spiraling out of control," a leading U.S. official reported.
The president of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf, has called upon the international community to step up its aid towards West Africa.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made this shocking announcement on September 2 on CNN, a day after the president of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf voiced dissatisfaction with the world's response so far.
At least 1,552 people have died from this current Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported, and more than 3,000 people have been infected in the nations of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Frieden said that countries are turning their backs on those coming from the countries where the outbreak is the strongest, including flight restrictions and border crossing restriction.
"This is making it really hard to get help in and to respond effectively to the outbreak," he said. "What we're seeing is a ... hugely fast increase in cases that's harder and harder to manage. The more we can get in there and tamp that down, the fewer cases we'll have in the weeks and months to come."
The president of the Doctors Without Borders sharply criticized what she called the "global coalition of inaction," for focusing on insulating their nations instead of helping those in Africa who need it the most.
Dr. Joanne Liu said that centers run by the group have been forced to turn away the sick because they are too full, as an ever-growing number of people begin to develop symptoms of Ebola.
"States with the required capacity have a political and humanitarian responsibility to come forward and offer a desperately needed, concrete response to the disaster unfolding in front of the world's eyes ... rather than limit their response to the potential arrival of an infected patient in their countries," Liu said.
President Sirleaf of Liberia appealed for other nations to "please work as partners with us" by offering monetary, health care, logistical and other assistance including moral support.
"Give us hope by joining us in this fight," Sirleaf said. "Don't instill fear. We need that hope, we need that assistance, we need for Liberians to know that this war can be won."
Sirleaf said that "the great progress" of the economy of Liberia, at least, is now "under question because of the Ebola crisis."
That said, she stressed that there's only one path forward-to defeat the disease and return to some semblance of normal.
"I'm very hopeful that we will beat this," she said. "We have to. We have no option but to succeed in this."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2017
Comfort for the Afflicted. That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
The Egyptian government was forced to step in to help displaced Christians fleeing threats of violence and death. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading
South Sudan has made headlines recently as a famine was officially declared and images of starving children pop up everywhere - but why is ... continue reading
In the wake of an attack on a Catholic seminary, the leader of the Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has issued an appeal ... continue reading
True to their word, ISIS targeted Christians in Egypt. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Coptic Christians compose a mere 10 percent of ... continue reading
'God gave orders to kill every infidel' - ISIS reveals their favorite targets in sick new propaganda film Watch
In an ISIS propaganda video released Monday, the suicide bomber responsible for the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral <a ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Hilary, Pope: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
- Here are the answers to the Ash Wednesday quiz. How did you do?
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, February 28, 2017
- Who do YOU answer to? Californians prepare safe houses for illegal ...
- Priest shares Living Rosary on Mardi Gras to bring people back to God
- Oarfish strandings in Philippines could mean massive quake coming HD ...
- Pope Francis makes history by celebrating Christ alongside an Anglican Bishop HD
- St. Dominic Savio HD
- Clinton contributor makes revealing 'life insurance' video over fear of assassination HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.