January 19, 2015

"U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades."

Great! Or... not so great?
The U.S. military sent about 3,000 troops to West Africa to build centers like this one in recent months. They were intended as a crucial safeguard against an epidemic that flared in unpredictable, deadly waves. But as the outbreak fades in Liberia, it has become clear that the disease had already drastically subsided before the first American centers were completed. Several of the U.S.-built units haven’t seen a single patient infected with Ebola....

“If they had been built when we needed them, it wouldn’t have been too much,” said Moses Massaquoi, the Liberian government’s chairman for Ebola case management. “But they were too late.”

26 comments:

tim maguire said...

I just skimmed the article, but it looks like most of these "treatment centers" can be folded up and stored for the next outbreak, which will come sooner or later.

Next time they'll be there...unless looters get there first.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

It's easy, in hindsight, to say that they were built too late and completed after the outbreak was controlled. It is impossible to know that at the time you decide to build them. This was probably a case of better safe than sorry.

( And that is independent of the issue of whether we should have put US troops at risk to build them. )

MayBee said...

It will be claimed as a victory by Obama at the SOTU.

Bobber Fleck said...

Leading from behind is not the best strategy when results matter.

Michael K said...

Quarantine probably stopped the epidemic but it is interesting and maybe the virus mutated.

The Drill SGT said...

Bobber Fleck said...
Leading from behind is not the best strategy when results matter.


The US Infantry School Motto is: "Follow Me"

LTC Moore: Neither the new technology nor your status as officers will keep you above the danger. Sergeant Major Plumley and I come from the paratroopers, where the officer is always the first man out of the plane. Because to follow your instincts and inspire your men by your example, you have to be with them — where the metal meets the meat.

Big Mike said...

"Too little, too late" has been the norm for this administration in every way except higher taxes.

missred said...

We sent Liberia $155million last year. They couldn't erect their own tents, with that cheap orange plastic fencing, themselves?
I am tired of the USA getting blamed for damned if we do damned if we don't.

missred said...

We sent Liberia $155million last year. They couldn't erect their own tents, with that cheap orange plastic fencing, themselves?
I am tired of the USA getting blamed for damned if we do damned if we don't.

Scott M said...

Top. Men.

jacksonjay said...

You're welcome, bitches!

They will always be there when they need us!

Unknown said...

Government is always behind the curve - when it's not an anchor in everyone's pocket instead. That's why politics consists of spotting a trend to jump in front of and claim credit for, or throw your opponent in front of to blame. Let us find a vaccine against government, says I.

pm317 said...

“But they were too late.”

Of course, Obama was leading from behind.

Wince said...

It would be fitting to put that yammering Maine nurse in charge of that now superfluous treatment center.

Qwerty Smith said...

Paying for insurance is always a waste if it turns out, in retrospect, that it was not needed. If there was a 1 in 10,000 chance that these treatment centers would prevent a global epidemic, and a 9999 in 10,000 chance that they would be superfluous, I would have built them. Out of all the moronic things Obama has done, this is not among them.

Matt Sablan said...

"after the outbreak was controlled."

Controlled, burned out, what difference at this point does it make?

kcom said...

I'm still waiting for 2016. That's the date by which someone I was talking with online said there would be 100 million cases in Africa.

kcom said...

Total figures as of January 15 are 21,000 cases with 8,000 deaths.

Anonymous said...

Have we sent James Taylor yet?

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Have we sent James Taylor yet?

Haven't they suffered enough?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Massaquoi is an ingrate showing the classic attitude of welfare recipients and mooches all over the world.

JamesB.BKK said...

@tim maguire 8:17: The looters already got there. Hence, no facilities at the start.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Kcom, I think 8000 would be the worst outbreak to date. If it's not good enough for you I'm sure the bug will try harder next time.

Skyler said...

If I were ordered into an Ebola stricken country with my Marines I would disobey that order as violating my oath to support and defend the Constitution. Exposing my men and women to that disease is immoral and asks them to risk their lives against an incurable disease for people who aren't good at hygiene.

If some commanders managed to follow their orders by putting up these camps in places where there was no disease, then I'm happy that they kept their men safe, even if it was done in a weaselly way.

Skyler said...

And if the US government wants to help people with their hygiene problem, isn't that why JFK created the peace corps? Why aren't we using that group of do gooders instead of the ones who are supposed to be ready to fight at all times?

Bryan C said...

Hey there, Moses. Looks like you've got some nifty facilities and supplies ready to go for the next outbreak. That is, if you can put in some basic upkeep, and keep the vultures in your own government from stealing everything.

Anyway, I'm sure you can get that timing juuust right next time. All by yourselves. Y'all take care now. Bye.