Motion on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa
The community of European Junior Doctors are following the worrying progress of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other parts of the world. The virus has already been reported to have infected over 9000 people, of whom more than half are now deceased. The true numbers are likely to be much higher.
The international authorities’ response to the newly emerging epidemic is still delayed, in spite of increasing numbers of infected individuals. The community of European Junior Doctors encourages all responsible international, European and national authorities to take steps in fighting the Ebola crisis.
European Junior Doctors wishes to offer its resources in fighting this outbreak, and will inform its members about the symptoms and expected development of the disease.
As a reminder: in the recent bird flu - avian influenza A(H5N1) – pandemic, an international alliance working on both prevention and treatment managed to limit the number of cases to less than 700, with less than 400 deaths worldwide. It is important to highlight that the current Ebola epidemic originated from countries with different cultures compared to those affected by avian influenza A; informing the public and trust are thus the key components to success besides proper medical treatment.
An international cooperation should be established as soon as possible to control the spread of the virus in Western Africa, and save lives worldwide.
All workers e.g. doctors, nurses, other health care professionals as well as other social workers who are send out to the area where there is an outbreak of the Ebola virus have the risk that they also will be affected by this virus in case which is life threatening and they can even die by this virus. And because there is no insurance company that is willing to insure these risks at normal conditions there is a special responsibility for the governments where these people come from and they should not only take care of appropriate health care for these people when they are infected but also take care about lagging relatives when they let their live because of the virus by the provision of financial resources.
Therefore the EJD calls on the European Commission to put this subject in the interest of the well being of all who help to prevent further spreading of the virus to put it on the political agenda as well as to take the responsibility in the mean time to provide financial resources.