MEMO TO WORLD BANK: West Africa Needs ‘Secret Serum’ That Cured Americans, Not US $200M

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…it would be prudent for the World Bank to dump that US$200 million dollars in a pool fund that would speed up research and mass production of more ‘secret serum’ to West African nations hit by the deadly virus.

IT IS NO coincidence that the world’s monetary body pledge is coming on the heels of the miraculous recovery and improvement of Dr. Kent Brantly, an American doctor who was flown to the U.S. last week after being infected with Ebola in Liberia shortly after receiving an experimental antibody serum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NANCY WRITEBOL, an aid worker, who together with Dr. Brantly have dedicated their lives to the medical humanitarian group, Samaritan Purse, is on her way to the Emory University facility in Atlanta for treatment.

BOTH BRANTLY AND Writebol were sickened by the deadly viral hemorrhagic fever last month while on the front lines of the outbreak which has killed more than eight hundred people in four West African nations-Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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THE RECOVERY and improving conditions of both Brantly and Writebol have drawn rave reviews from medical experts, surprised at the pace of the recovery, igniting hope that possibility exists for a cure to the deadly disease.

DR. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER, an infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is quoted by the Associated Press as saying that he felt “guardedly optimistic,” since Ebola usually advances quickly and Brantly had shown signs of the disease for at least a week.

WE TOO are guardedly optimistic but hopeful that a recovery appears within reach.

THAT BEING THE CASE, it would be prudent for the World Bank to dump that US$200 million dollars in a pool fund that would speed up research and mass production of more ‘secret serum’ to West African nations hit by the deadly virus.

WE HOPE AND pray that the international community is not contemplating dumping that money into any government’s hand directly were the possibility exists that it could be mismanaged, resorting into excuses as more and more people continue to endure suffering and pain resulting to more and more deaths.

ALREADY, SOME governments, facing challenges in picking up dead bodies from the streets are complaining about the lack of logistics and vehicles even though the vehicles available and marked “Ebola Response” are rarely used for such a purpose.

YET, INTERNATIONAL groups like the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) are contributing to the already massive fleet of expensive luxury cars in some governments, to add more to the pile.

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH, we wholeheartedly embrace the World Bank’s pledges but hope that it is not coming a little too late.

SADLY, IT IS TAKING a lot of deaths to get the superpowers’ attention.

WE REALLY HOPE that the potential for corruption and misuse of this $US200 million will not prolong the suffering and deaths of more Africans from the deadly Ebola outbreak.

NATIONS AFFECTED by the deadly outbreak must realize what’s at stake here and do all within their powers to work with the international community to ensure that this ugly virus is booted out of our midst.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY too must ensure that priorities are intact and positioned in a way that monies are well spent and accounted for in a fair, open and transparent manner.

TOO MANY people are dying, the deaths must stop so that we all can resume normal lives –  free from Ebola.

 

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