President Obama vowed to “contain and ultimately eliminate” Ebola in West Africa, reminding Americans not to be afraid about the disease spreading to citizens at home.
Obama reminded Americans that in order to stop Ebola, it was more important than ever for medical professionals to volunteer to travel freely to West Africa to assist the medical effort to contain the disease.
Obama also praised medical workers for their “incredible heroism” and revealed that he would meet with many of them returning from West Africa to the United States on Wednesday.
He also dismissed the suggestion that somehow his administration was acting hypocritically after the Department of Defense was quarantining soldiers working in Africa but not doing so for health workers returning to the US.
Obama said that soldiers were in a “different situation” because they were not in West Africa voluntarily.
Quarantining volunteers, he explained would put “another barrier” on private medical workers who were “already doing important work on our behalf.”