Pentagon To Send U.S. Military Field Hospital To Liberia

News outlets report on the announcement of U.S. military involvement in efforts to treat Ebola patients in Liberia.

Foreign Policy: U.S. Military Involvement in Ebola Fight Is Minimal
“On Sunday President Barack Obama raised expectations that the U.S. military will help fight the deadly Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa. But on Monday the Pentagon said it is merely filling a request for one field-deployable, 25-bed hospital — a drop in the bucket toward stemming the epidemic, according to experts…” (Brannen, 9/8).

The Hill: Pentagon joins fight against Ebola outbreak
“…The move represents the U.S. military’s first major foray into Ebola relief in West Africa, where the virus has killed more than 2,000 people in five countries…” (Viebeck, 9/8).

Reuters: U.S. military to set up field hospital in Ebola-stricken Liberia
“…The Pentagon said the $22 million hospital was being provided at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak first identified in Guinea in March…” (Alexander, 9/9).

USA TODAY: Pentagon enlisted in Ebola fight
“…The hospital, contained in a series of tents, will be set up and stocked by U.S. personnel. They will most likely be a mix of uniformed and civilian medical experts, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. The hospital will be given to the government of Liberia and operated by aid organizations and local medical personnel, Warren said…” (Vanden Brook, 9/8).

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