American President Obama requested all nations around the world to create better and fruitful health care facilities to be able to prohibit occurrence of deadly outbreaks like the Ebola virus that is fast increasing in West Africa.
Each time the world scrambles to coordinate a response, each time its been harder than it should be to share information and contain the outbreak, Mr. Obama told health ministers from more than 40 nations who had gathered at the White House for a global health security summit meeting. It is unacceptable if, because of lack of preparedness and planning and global preparation, people are dying.
Mr. Obamas remarks were the centerpiece of a daylong meeting the White House organized in February, before the current Ebola outbreak. Mr. Obamas aides said the goal was to persuade other countries to treat biological threats ” whether manufactured or natural ” as national security issues that need to be prevented or contained.
American officials announced that participants in the summit meeting had agreed to work collaboratively during the next five years to improve the capacity to detect diseases early, diagnose them quickly and respond to their spread. Countries that have more advanced health systems will work with countries that need assistance in building up more capacity, Mr. Obama said.
No nation can meet these challenges on its own, Mr. Nobody is that isolated anymore. Oceans dont protect you. Walls dont protect you, Obama said.
Mr. Obama used the opportunity of the health summit meeting to renew his call for an universal response to the Ebola crisis in Africa. He stated that medical experts estimated that hundreds of thousands of people might die from the disease within months if no effective action towards coping Ebola is undertaken.