The world’s attention is fixed on the Ebola outbreak in a number of West African nations.
The nations of Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Senegal have each reported cases of infected persons totaling more than 4,000. That rate of infection will no doubt increase.
The media has sensationalized the symptoms of Ebola as well as infection and death rates. But there is another dimension of the Ebola epidemic which is getting no attention. The devastating lack of a fundamental medical infrastructure in those nations now threatens the whole of Africa and the world.
The nations most afflicted by the Ebola epidemic depend heavily on medical organizations and expertise such as the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, and an assortment of Christian volunteers. Despite these efforts, none of these organizations have been able to abate the spread of the disease. They have not been able to control the spread of the Ebola virus because the leadership in the aforementioned nations is negligent.
These leaders are criminally negligent in the provision of medical training and services to their people. This lack of professional training and medical infrastructure has resulted in a set of problems. As a consequence the complexity of the problems is far greater than it has to be.
These African nations have had to resort to draconian measures in hopes of curbing the spread of Ebola. Citizens are being quarantined. Those who attempt to escape quarantined areas are being executed. That is a medieval practice which unmasks the stark incompetence of the leadership structure in each of these African Nations.
The dependence on foreign medical expertise and the implementation of draconian measures of epidemic control point to criminal negligence by the governments of those nations. Indeed, it points to crimes against humanity.
A short study of the history of each of these nations supports the claim of criminal negligence. Regime after regime has mismanaged government policies, national funds, and natural resources. Each regime has profited from the mismanagement of their nations’ wealth.
Each gained their independence from direct colonial rule in the 1960s. Each nation is endowed with natural resources, wealth, and youthful populations.
Each of these nations continues to export resources to Europe and Asia earning over the decades billions of dollars in national revenue. The corrupt leadership of those nations borrowed billions of dollars from the World Bank because they were lead to believe and to fear for their lives that they would get no help unless they borrowed from the West. They then siphoned huge amounts of that money for themselves after which they would deposit that cash into Western banks thus serving their lords’ empires. That chain of events has caused enormous national debt far beyond their national revenue and their peoples’ capacity to pay. Now their people live in perpetual poverty and disease.
The national leaders and regimes neglected to invest in the education of their youth. They neglected to invest resources from national revenue and money borrowed from the World Bank in the training of their youth in the medical sciences. And there has been no accountability warranted from them.
How should we evaluate such glaring criminal negligence? By what standard do we judge? We can judge the African nations by comparing them to Cuba.
The nation of Cuba gained its liberation in 1959. Cuba has been under a trade embargo from the United States since its founding. Cuba is not endowed with vast natural resources and land as are the West African Nations. Compared to Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Cuba is a very poor nation.
Its nation has been the victim of sabotage by the United States and assassination attempts on its leadership. Nevertheless, the leadership of Cuba instituted the best medical infrastructure including medical colleges in all of Latin America.
Cuba has more than 58 doctors per 10,000 people. The average Cuban life expectancy has increased from 59 in 1959 to 78 in 2014 which is greater than the life expectancy in the United States. Cuba’s infant mortality rate is less than both the United States and Canada. Cuba is ranked 125 out of 167 nations for HIV/AIDS adult prevalence.
These indicators establish an undeniable fact: the leadership of Cuba cares for Cuban people. This should be our standard for the duty of due care for post colonial nations.
What of Nigeria? Nigeria is the leading economy in Africa today. Nigeria has 4 Doctors for every 100,000 persons. Nigerians’ life expectancy at birth in 2014 is 53 years. Nigeria has the second largest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world at 3.1 percent of those between 15 and 49 years of age. Its infant mortality rate is 143 per 1000. The maternity death rate is 840 per 100,000 births. We will stop here because it only gets worse for the other Ebola plagued nations. The reason for these conditions is undeniable. The leadership and elite of those nations do not care for their people. The proof of the pudding is in the taste.
The leadership and elite of the African nations where Ebola is spreading out of control are criminally negligent and may in fact be the proximate cause for a global pandemic or at least the death of a large percentage of their own population.
They should be brought to justice at the international court of justice in the Hague, Netherlands. They should be tried and then imprisoned. Their family wealth and international bank accounts should be confiscated and returned to their respective nations to be used to construct modern medical infrastructures. The construction of medical infrastructures should be overseen by the international court of justice at the Hague trustees because Africans don’t care for Africans.