I can’t believe Obama lied to us.
Via USA Today:
President Obama has assured Americans that none of the nearly 4,000 U.S. troops heading to Liberia will treat Ebola patients, but 70 uniformed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will.
The corps, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, will open a clinic outside the Liberian capital, Monrovia, this weekend and is tasked with treating Liberian doctors and nurses who contract the deadly disease. It is the first time U.S. government personnel have been given that assignment, although all volunteered.
For those local medical personnel willing to treat Ebola patients — among the most dangerous of jobs — the new clinic is a means of support, Rear Adm. Scott Giberson, acting U.S. deputy surgeon general, said Wednesday in a phone interview from Liberia.
“We’re here to bring safety and security to those courageous responders,” Giberson says. “They have to feel secure that there will be a high level of care provided if they do fall ill of Ebola.”
About 310 health care workers are among 4,808 people who have died from Ebola in the current epidemic, according to the World Health Organization. More than half of those medical personnel were working in Liberia.
The high risk of infection among medical workers has discouraged professional volunteers from helping out. The result has been the creation of fewer treatment facilities for lack of staffing, according to the WHO.