Obama changes his schedule to discuss Ebola response
With more Ebola patients diagnosed and treated outside West Africa where it started, US President Barack Obama has changed his schedule two days in a row so that he can stay at the White House and oversee the response for Ebola crisis.
He had planned to travel to Rhode Island to deliver an economy-themed speech and later on to New York to raise money for the Democratic candidates to spend on the midterm elections next month. However, his plans changed as he had to meet Sylvia Mathew Burwell, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the national security adviser Susan E. Rice to discuss the situation prevalent.
He will also follow up on a meeting that was held yesterday with officials who were delegated the responsibility of trying to contain the virus and prevent spreading of the disease. Following the treatment of a Liberian patient Duncan, a second nurse has fallen sick and is diagnosed with the virus which is spreading panic among the public. The White House officials said that President Obama’s new schedule will be shared later. His plans for Thursday were also cancelled after he spent two days on discussing Ebola situation.
He said yesterday in a statement that people should be confident about the government’s ability to prevent an outbreak of the disease and he instructed his aides to oversee the situation in a much more aggressive way. He also held a two-hour meeting with cabinet level officials who are in charge of the government’s response to Ebola in the US. After the meeting, he also promised that a review of the situation would help the government know what defect in the security and surveillance system led to the spread of the disease in the country and he also said that he has ordered health officials to determine “how we are going to make sure that something like this isn’t repeated.”