FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2014
Maness Proposes Positive Steps to Address Ebola Health Crisis
MADISONVILLE, LA - Conservative Louisiana U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness today blasted the federal government's response to the growing Ebola health crisis and called on Congress to return to Washington and address the crisis before it gets any worse.
"The fundamental job of government is to protect its people, yet our representatives are not fulfilling their number-one, Constitutional priority, which is to protect Americans. Unless they do the job they've been sent to do, more lives will be put at risk, and fear will turn into panic."
Maness outlined immediate steps that the Obama Administration and Congress should take to gain operational control of this health crisis:
- Impose a Flight Ban from Countries with an Ebola Outbreak - Former Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals, former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and now Governor Bobby Jindal was one of the first to call for a travel ban from all countries with an Ebola outbreak, and he is right.
- Establish Screening at All United States' Points of Entry -- Air, Ground, and Sea - Ebola is a matter of national security, and screening at all points of entry is a necessary part of a response equal to the magnitude of this threat.
- Provide Doctors, Nurses, and Lab Personnel Proper Protective Equipment and Procedures - We must equip Americans who are addressing the Ebola health crisis with the equipment and procedures needed to keep them safe and prevent further spread of this terrible disease, like those available at Emory University Hospital and other special isolation units.
Reacting to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's response and attitude toward this crisis, Maness said, "The Center for Disease Control is broken and overconfident in their readiness to treat this Ebola and in their knowledge of the disease," Maness said. "The CDC needs an attitude readjustment if it has any hope of getting ahead of the spread of the outbreak. It should immediately stop telling Americans we don't need protections and start providing them. Most of all, CDC needs to be flexible enough to say it doesn't know something, so it can protect us against the unknown, which is Ebola."
Maness also addressed the military deployment of 4,000 American troops into Ebola outbreak areas, contradicting the claim that these troops will not be in hot zones, "They most definitely will be in hot zones; saying they won't is wishful thinking or dishonest. President Obama has not provided objectives, defined success, or laid out an exit strategy. The lack of leadership is stunning."
Maness also offered advice to his fellow Americans across Louisiana and the country, "Please pray for those being affected by Ebola, for our representatives to lead us toward a proper response to this danger, and for God's protection for our country."