International Cooperation Gets a New Ebola Hospital Built Fast
A new 200-bed Ebola Treatment Unit opened in Monrovia, Liberia November 3, staffed by Cuban doctors and nurses, with support from the African Union. This "little village" of six huge tents, each capable of caring for up to 50 patients, was built in just a matter of weeks by around 150 local construction workers, working three shifts a day. Precious time was saved, by siting the hospital on the former compound of the Ministry of Defense, so that less time was needed to prepare the site for construction. Funding for the project was provided by several UN agencies and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and it will be overseen by the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Voice of America, the official U.S. government news agency, put out a wire on Nov. 1 highlighting Cuba's role in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. They quoted one of the Cuban doctors working at the new hospital, Ronald Hernandez Torres: "This unit has the best conditions for patient care, and the best professionals from different countries working side by side."
Other treatment centers are nearing completion in Liberia, but foreign medical teams are urgently needed to staff them, the WHO reports.
Such international collaboration is required to wipe out the epidemic in West Africa in time, but on a scale an order of magnitude greater. The "Emergency War Plan" being circulated by the LaRouche Political Action Committee, asserts the reality that "nothing less than a full-scale, military-style mobilization, as if to contain an act of global biological terrorism or warfare, will suffice," and calls for an International Steering Committee, under the leadership of American and Russian military planners and biocontainment specialists, to be established "to coordinate a global, top-down effort utilizing all available international resources to contain and defeat the Ebola outbreak."
Cuban President Raul Castro, in his Oct. 20 call for all nations, regardless of their political outlook, to create the required "effective international response, with sufficient resources and coordinated by the World Health Organization and the United Nations," made clear that Cuba, for one, is working to similar effect.