What Governments should do to stop the Spread of Ebola Outbreak?
The Ebola outbreak has caught the world unawares such that every time you travel abroad or come across a person with signs of Ebola, you feel like you will die in the next minute. Despite this fact, governments have been doing something to control the spread of Ebola outbreak in their respective countries (Adams Para. 1). This notwithstanding, the essay argues and demonstrates that governments can do more than they have been doing so far to curb the spread of Ebola.
Main point 1: governments should ban air travel to the affected countries
Main point 2: governments should avoid any close contact with the affected countries
Background: some governments have not been doing it. Instead, they have been arguing that they screen everybody coming from the affected countries.
Governments should consider banning air travel and avoid any close relationship with the affected countries. It is true that many governments throughout the world if not all of them are doing something to curb the spread of the Ebola outbreak. However, majority of these governments are yet to do something justifiable because of their vested interests in the international community. For example, some governments are yet to ban air travels to the affected countries because they fear that doing so would affect their tourism industries and international trades. Other governments are reluctant to take stern measures to the affected countries because of the political ties they have with the affected governments. While these governments continue to protect their vested interests of whatever nature, they should realize that they are putting the lives of their citizens at risk. In this respect, every government, especially those whose countries have not been affected by the Ebola outbreak should watch out and act wisely. This means that they should ban air travels to the affected countries and stop any close contact with the affected countries momentarily as they wait for the outbreak to be put under control by the relevant bodies (Adams Para. 14). However, this does not mean that governments should not help one another in curbing the outbreak. It only means that close contact with the affected countries that can be avoided right now should be avoided even though it would lead to financial losses.
Main point: governments should report all Ebola case in their countries
Background: some governments have not been reporting such cases in the past
Furthermore, governments should report all Ebola case in their countries because it is general knowledge that in the past, some governments have been reluctant to report Ebola outbreaks in their countries. Some governments did this because of one reason or the other, and because of it, it was difficult to stop the spread of Ebola in the past. Though it might appear that it is impossible to do so nowadays when social media is widespread and can help in reporting such cases, some governments might be able to cover up when Ebola strikes their countries because of the influence they have over their citizens (Biden 79). As a result, it would be important for all governments to report Ebola outbreaks in their countries immediately they spot such outbreaks without failing to do so. This would help in curbing the spread of Ebola by containing it to the affected regions; thus, help in controlling it.
Main point: every country is prone to the Ebola outbreak
Background: the argument has been that Ebola outbreak is likely to spread in Africa, and unlikely to spread in other parts of the world.
Governments should understand that every country is prone to the Ebola outbreak. Nevertheless, right now, Africa is the most affected continent in the world with Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea being the first countries to be hit by the outbreak. However, the outbreak is currently feared to have spread to Congo. It is also feared that the outbreak might spread easily to other parts of Africa because of political reasons. Despite this fact, every country is prone to the outbreak. This means that if governments are not careful enough to stop the outbreak from spreading to other parts of the world, then the outbreak might spread to every part of the world sooner or later. With respect to this understanding, then it would be important for every government to be vigilant; thus, seal any loophole that might expose its citizens to the outbreak. This means that governments need to respond quickly to Ebola threats detected in their countries or in their neighboring countries (Biden 77). It also means that governments need to secure their borders. Whichever the case, governments need to ensure that Ebola outbreak does not spread any further by being vigilant.
Main point: even the affected countries can do something to stop the widespread of Ebola in their countries
Background: some affected countries might be reluctant to stop Ebola from spreading further in their countries. However, every government should do whatever it is able to do to ensure that Ebola does not spread any further.
Even the governments of the affected countries can do something to stop the spread of Ebola. Therefore, other than the non-affected governments being in the lead to control the spread of Ebola outbreak, the affected governments and those suspecting Ebola cases in their countries need to do the following. For example, they may stop people from moving from one place of the country to the other. They may also close all schools in their countries momentarily as they wait for the outbreak to be brought under control. Furthermore, they need to educate the members of the public what they need to do when they come into contact or come across people with signs of Ebola (Adams Para. 16). This may be done over the media as people remain indoors; thus, reduce the spread of Ebola in the affected countries.
Some people might argue that it would be unnecessary to ban air travels to the affected countries or take stern measures against these countries because doing so would be political. Others might argue that nowadays it is impossible to hide information from the members of the public because social media would expose such information. Furthermore, other people might argue that it would be unnecessary to stop people from moving about in a country that is already affected by the Ebola outbreak. However, as these people argue in whatever way, they should understand that banning air travel or taking stern measures to the affected countries would help in controlling the spread of Ebola to other parts of the world. At the same time, social media might not be effective in spreading information in some countries because some governments censor social media. As a result, governments need to report Ebola threats in their countries rather than hide such information (Biden 79). Furthermore, restricting movement in the affected countries helps in controlling the spread of Ebola in those countries.
From whatever viewpoint, it is clear that governments need to ban air travel to the affected countries. They should also take stern measures towards the affected countries as well as secure their borders. Above all, governments of the affected countries need to restrict movements in their countries and educate the members of the public about the outbreak. This would help in controlling the spread of Ebola outbreak.
Adams, Mike. The Ebola outbreak. Can it be controlled? Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment Drug Company as pandemic spreads. Viewed on August 29, 2014 from
Biden, Joseph. Threat of bioterrorism and the spread of infectious diseases: hearing before the committee on foreign relations, U.S Senate. Darby: Diane Publishing, 2001. Print.