Punishing the Heroes: When Politicians Make Public Health Decisions.

By Eze Eluchie on 08/12/2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1509

Quarantine.

The unimaginable scenario of a Farmer making decisions as to when and where to conduct an appendectomy or other medical procedures; or a Medical Doctor having the final say of how many floors to add unto a multi-storey complex, is vividly transformed into a real life horror when persons versed in extracting votes from a hard pressed population take upon themselves the arduous responsibility to, without any recourse to available science or relevant professionals, make decisions which adversely impact public health.


The recent decision of some State Governors in the United States (Governors of New York, New Jersey and Illinois States) ordering a mandatory quarantine of all health workers who traveled to work in countries overburdened by EVD upon their return to the States controlled by these Governors, is a most unfortunate and irrational public health decision taken by those who are apparently solely concerned with pandering to the whims of pedestrian fears and posturing to be ‘protecting’ a population scared by misinformation.

The mandatory quarantining of returning health workers is morally and practically equivalent to applying same quarantine policies to US soldiers and military servicemen returning from military operations overseas.

The reality is that these health workers who traveled to EVD ground-zero countries to assist in tackling the disease at source are heroes who are contributing their quota to ensuring that EVD is contained and does not spread around the globe. Actions, such as the knee-jerk policy being implemented in the 3 States of the US mentioned above, which stigmatize and virtually criminalize these health workers upon their return to the United States will directly serve to dissuade professionals whose expertise is greatly needed to stem the spread of EVD from volunteering to serve in countries where they are most required. The mandatory quarantining will serve to dissuade many professionals who are willing to participate in confronting EVD in the countries where it is attaining near endemic status, thus allowing the disease to further proliferate, eventually and ultimately becoming a greater danger to entire humanity, inclusive of the States taking the unhelpful ‘mandatory quarantine’ decisions.

Oddly enough, the small island State of Cuba, by deploying over 400 health care professionals to EVD ground-zero countries, is taking global leadership in the field of humanitarian and medical assistance, a field where the US once reigned unchallenged.

I do urge a rethink and eventual cancellation of the mandatory quarantine policy presently adopted by some States in the US.



http://ezeluchie.blogspot.com/2014/10/punishing-heroes-when-politicians-make.html

 

Posted on December, 8 2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


You may also like...
Is Ochendo truly a bad leader? part 2...

Obinna Oriaku: a study in calm professionalism

MOUAU: The tyranny of the vocal minority with...

Bye bye Mai Mangoro

Scottish Independence Referendum: Call for International Observer and...

When will Otti's malicious distractions end?

Ebola: Mr President Sir, there is no time...

Aba Urban renewal is a task that must...

Danger looms.....
Columns @razorGabs Diary (3) Crux and Thrust (14) Musings of a Common Man (89) Newsmaker (6) People and Politics (5) Power Game (0) Strictly Energy Matters (2) The Jury (9)

 

 

Advertisement

 

Latest TIMAAS: when indiscipline fights back at Aba Re: HAS GOV. IKPEAZU PERFORMED ? Nnamdi Kanu's IPOB and their methods The pathway to Referendum and Economic Biafra Failure of APC is the real problem We are all partners in crime fighting Prof Ikechi Mgbeoji: the passionate reformer in the team Eziuche Ubani: the human tool in the caterpillar revolution Obinna Oriaku: a study in calm professionalism Uzor Azubuike: the new agricultural revolutionary in Abia State

 

Most Read Nigeria failed Nurse Justina Obioma Ejelonu....and the world didn't care either (6,547 views) LOVE………….. (The Preambles) (4,284 views) Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Vacates Seat. (3,992 views) LET’S KEEP FOOLING OURSELVES IN NIGERIA (3,932 views) Buhari’s days in the sun (3,908 views) Qatari Women Basketball Jersey – FIBA got it very wrong! (3,683 views) Non-northerners must relocate in 2 weeks —Arewa youths (3,208 views) Is Buhari recruiting for Radio Biafra and Biafra militants unintentionally? (3,013 views) Celebrating women as Enachioken of Abiriba marks his 14th year on the throne (2,727 views) Is Ochendo truly a bad leader? PART 4 (2,718 views)