Ebola: Where’s the World Health Organization?
Ebola: Where’s the World Health Organization?
October 25, 2014
Robert Brems Sr.
For the last few months, the world has been wringing its hands over the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. Where is the World Health Organization in this fight? This United Nations organization, funded to the tune of $4 billion and having more than 7,000 employees, should have been taking the lead in fighting and stopping this epidemic. However, we hear little about what they are/have been doing, if anything.
However, after doing a little research, an Oct. 17 headline in The Guardian, a well-respected paper in the UK, shouts this: “The World Health Organization Admits Botching Response to Ebola Outbreak.” This article contains some damning statements, such as, “WHO’s country offices in Africa are politically motivated,” and “What should be the WHO’s strongest regional offices because of the enormity of the health challenges is actually the weakest technically and full of political appointments.” Sounds a little like our Ebola Czar, doesn’t it?
Apparently, back in March, Doctors Without Borders, who were on the ground treating Ebola patients in West Africa, warned the WHO this was no ordinary outbreak. WHO did what most UN organizations do, had a few meetings, probably catered with fine food and wine, and did nothing of substance. Therefore, an Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone has gotten out of hand and has spooked the world. Thank you WHO for being good stewards of the world’s health.
This prime example of the incompetence of another UN organization should make us think twice about our support of the UN. We provide 22 percent of the UN budget, and it is corrupt and ineffectual. It has become a country club where world diplomats come to schmoose with each other at great expense for little or no work or useful output. They just talk, talk, talk, make grandiose statements and write very well-worded, sometimes strongly-worded, memos on very fine paper.
Now we have another UN mess to deal with. However, why is the United States again looked to to take the lead in this effort to fight this West African problem? Surely many of the world’s developed countries, which have no stomach for fighting shooting wars, could marshal their military and health services to seriously assist West African countries to halt this outbreak. Certainly, most of their health services are better than ours, and their militaries are well rested and have nothing to do.
Yet the USA is sending 4,000 soldiers to set up portable hospitals in West Africa. This makes no sense. Once again the American taxpayer is expected to fund an effort far from our shores while the rest of the world sits back and twiddles its thumbs.
I say, keep our military out of West Africa, and let the rest of the world handle this affair.
Robert Brems Sr. is a columnist for the Coshocton Tribune.
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