Liberia’s healthcare system is set to get a major boost from the US as it aims to get the Ebola outbreak under control. Under plans unveiled by President Obama, thousands of healthcare workers will be trained in combating the disease with the aim of getting it under control. The President has committed 3,000 troops to the country.
Lisa Monaco, the White House’s counter-terrorism adviser, said: “The goal here is to search American expertise, including our military, logistics and command and control expertise, to try and control this outbreak at its source in west Africa.”
The World Health Organization has estimated it will need an additional $1bn to help fight the outbreak. The US government has sought an additional $88m from Congress to help fight Ebola and may need much more in the long term. Medical suppliers and hand sanitisers are already being distributed to Liberian households with help from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the training of medical personnel in the country will help efforts further.