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He said that the U.S. military will be a presence there doing the things the U.S. does better than anyone but added they would not be involved in the treatment process. As this epidemic is growing the President said his sources told him that with 2,400 now dead this figure is now capable of doubling every three weeks. He also mentioned the possibility of the virus mutating into “a bigger threat.”
U.S. Major General Darryl Williams arrived in West Africa today the President told us preparing to set up a command center, create an air bridge, build more isolation treatment centers, put in 1,000 more beds, and with logistics and engineering to move the increased teams of health care workers to the stricken areas. They will also create a health care worker training site with a staging area in Senegal.
The President said the world is looking to the United States and said we are prepared to “take the leadership to mobilize the rest of the world” to fight this crisis.
He said that the Centers for Disease Control assured him that the chances of Ebola appearing in the U.S. are “extremely low.” He said the CDC is taking precautions with increased airport screening and in the event that it should reach our shores we are prepared here at home. as medical staffs are being trained to treat and recognize the virus.
The President says the world knows how to “fight this disease” and urges them to act fast . Besides going back to the U.S. Congress for more Ebola funding, the President urged private charities and NGO’s to contribute to this cause. He will attend a meeting of the UN next week and said he has supported richer countries helping countries with weak health care systems to prevent this kind of episode and the Ebola outbreak occurred.
In closing the President described a West African family decimated by this disease, waiting to die and said “it doesn’t have to be this way.” Right now the world has the responsibility to do more.” He told the CDC, which has been sending health care workers into the area, “You have got your President and Commander in Chief behind you.”
To read the White House transcript of the President’s remarks, click HERE.