Date
23 October 2017
Barack Obama speaks about the US response to Ebola from the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
Barack Obama speaks about the US response to Ebola from the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Ebola guidelines shouldn’t deter medical workers: Obama

Policies adopted in the United States to safeguard against Ebola should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa’s outbreak, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

Weighing in for the first time since some states imposed automatic 21-day quarantines on doctors and nurses returning from Ebola-hit nations, Obama said: “We don’t want to discourage our healthcare workers from going to the front lines and dealing with this in an effective way.” 

The medical workers should be “applauded, thanked and supported”, Obama said, according to Reuters. 

“And we can make sure that when they come back, they are being monitored in a prudent fashion. But we want to make sure that we understand that they are doing God’s work over there. And they’re doing that to keep us safe,” the US president added.

The comments came as federal health officials and others have criticized stricter state measures as potentially counterproductive, saying they could deter American doctors and other healthcare professionals from volunteering to help fight the epidemic at its source in West Africa.

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