Published on October 16th, 2014 | by Admin0
Fire the CDC Director
Momentum builds for Dr. Thomas Frieden to go
Senator David Vitter says the CDC’s response to Ebola has been "pathetic"
(Metairie, La.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is calling for the resignation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and for travel restrictions. Vitter made the following comment.
"The CDC Director’s response to the spread of the Ebola virus has been nothing short of pathetic," Vitter said. "President Obama needs to fire him, put someone strong and competent in charge, and impose travel restrictions into the U.S. – all immediately. That sort of quarantine action was an essential part of the eradication of the late 1970s Ebola outbreak in Africa."
Earlier today, Sen. Vitter testified at a Louisiana House of Representatives Homeland Security hearing in Baton Rouge, La., where he recommended that the Louisiana state representatives submit a flight restriction request to the CDC.
In 1976, there was an Ebola virus outbreak in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC]). When the virus began to spread to the United States, the federal government quarantined 275,000 people in the affected region and imposed travel restrictions.
Rep. Marino Seeks Frieden Resignation & Complete Travel Ban from Ebola-affected Countries
October 15, 2014
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County called on Centers for Disease Control Director, Tom Frieden to resign from his position citing failures in adequate hospital preparation, public information dissemination and overall protection of high-traffic public transportation facilities.
Congressman Marino also called for a complete travel ban for persons, other than medical and military personnel, travelling to and from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. This comes after he signed a letter with 27 other House colleagues sent to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson asking for a temporary freeze is visa issuances for affected countries.
After no response from the President and Administration officials coupled with another occurrence of an infected medical worker, the Congressman explained the importance of implementing tougher measures in the most expedient manner:
Marino’s statement is quoted below:
"This Ebola situation is beginning to spiral beyond control. The reports my colleagues and I have received are utterly unacceptable and the information provided to the public has been cryptic and in some cases misleading. This has provided a false sense of security to many of our citizens. That is exactly the opposite of the CDC Director’s primary responsibilities – to communicate clearly and honestly. I have no ill will towards him personally but he should resign his position effective immediately.
President Obama cannot tell the American people, as he has so often, that he underestimated this threat – we must get this right. He should appoint a serious-minded, non-partisan professional who possesses unquestionable credentials and understands that job number one is protecting American citizens. This person should be expressly in charge of handling Ebola containment and treatment activities until a greater degree of certainty is obtained. We need a leader who has experience in coordinating multiple agencies with varying degrees of localities and resources. This person should implement strict commercial and personal travel bans to countries affected in West Africa.
Some may say the low frequency of cases is no cause for alarm but it is clear this virus is ahead of our efforts to contain it. This can get out-of-hand and I want our people protected, not bombarded with excuses.
We must assist and aide our friends in these African nations in every way possible but not at the expense of our citizens’ safety. The whole reason our people are over there is to ensure it doesn’t spread. But it has. This is yet another failure in leadership. We need swift and decisive leadership if we are to address this before more Americans become endangered."
Source: Newsmax http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/ebola-travel-ban/2014/10/16/id/601025/?ns_mail_uid=940594&ns_mail_job=1590842_10162014&s=al&dkt_nbr=141agscs
Here is the complete list of nations with bans or significant travel restrictions:
Complete and detailed list: International SOS