Ken Isaacs of Samaritan’s Purse
told a Congressional Hearing that the WHO is underreporting the Ebola epidemic. “Ken Isaacs, a vice president with Samaritan’s Purse, a North
Carolina-based Christian humanitarian organization, also said the number
of Ebola cases and deaths reported by the World Health Organization are
probably 25 percent to 50 percent below actual levels.”
Which takes this from a big problem to a HUGE problem. Which lead us to
Much of the coverage has centered on the epidemic in Liberia and Nigeria, because these countries are relatively accessible to English speaking journalists. But we have no idea what is happening in Sierra Leone or Guinea, which is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Officials claim only about 1,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa so far, ‘not many’ in such a vast region. But this completely underrates the real danger. The relevant population against which such casualties must be measured are the medical personnel. They are being wiped out. Africa has a very limited store of scientific, medical and technical human capital and once these irreplaceables are killed or intimidated then the man issuing the medical exit visas will be an illiterate with a rubber stamp.
And then anyone can get on a plane. Maybe anyone already can — providing he’s official.