Ebola patients flood into new medical tents faster than U.S. military can build them

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Reports in recent days have noted that the U.S. ground force that President Obama ordered into Ebola-infected West Africa has been making slow progress, but a more accurate description of their heroic efforts would be no progress.

Understand that is not the fault of the American troops; rather, it is simply the reality of the Ebola epidemic. The virus is spreading and killing faster than efforts to control and contain it, and now some are arguing that the force isn’t big enough or comprehensive enough for the mission at hand.

As The Wall Street Journal (WSH) reported:

The American military effort against history’s deadliest Ebola outbreak is taking shape in West Africa, but concerns are mounting that the pace isn’t fast enough to check a virus that is spreading at a terrifying clip.

In recent days, a small number of sailors from the U.S. Navy’s 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion (Seabees) led a bulldozer through tall grass outside the main airport in Liberia, the hardest-hit country, each of them sporting bottles of hand sanitizer, which were hanging from belt loops.

Earlier in the month, the unit was constructing a parking lot in the East African nation of Djibouti when they were redirected by AFRICOM — the Pentagon’s Africa Command — to build the first of at least 12 tent hospitals that the U.S. has pledged to construct in the area. The troops began their hospital construction effort by bulldozing a downward slope for water runoff — “to keep out any unwanted reptiles,” Petty Officer Second Class Justin Holsinger told the WSJ.

Thousands have died so far

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