Commanding General of the US Ebola response in Liberia said Wednesday that the US military presence supporting Liberia’s Ebola response to access its peak in mid-December at 3,000 personnel.
The US military presence supporting Liberia’s Ebola response are certain to get to its peak in mid-December at 3,000 personnel, as opposed to the 4,000 originally anticipated by the Pentagon, Commanding General of the US Ebola response in Liberia said Wednesday.
“What we found working with USAID and the government of Liberia, there was a lot of capacity here [in Liberia] that we didn’t know about before and so that enabled us to reduce our forces that we thought we originally had to bring,” Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky said while speaking at a press conference.
The US military currently has 2,200 personnel in Liberia to guide other US agencies and the us government of Liberia in bolstering the reaction to the Ebola epidemic. Volesky said the US mission was heavy on military engineers and medical specialists, in addition to supporting personnel to sustain medical units.
Despite how many new Ebola cases reported in Liberia slowing, US Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac, said there’s still a “long strategy to use in this fight” through the press conference.
Based on US officials, all 17 Ebola treatment centers the United States is building in Liberia, in addition to nine mobile centers, will undoubtedly be fully functioning by December.
On the basis of the World Health Organization’s latest records, there has been 6,822 confirmed, probable and suspected Ebola infections in Liberia up to now, one of them 2,836 have died. Altogether, over 14,000 Ebola-related cases have already been reported with increased than 5,000 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Spain and the United States.