USA Today: Budget Cuts Hurt USA’s Ability to Prepare for Ebola

Budget Cuts Hurt USA's Ability to Prepare for Ebola

USA Today reports on the possible impact of chronic underfunding of US public health infrastructure in light of the Ebola crisis.

Budget Cuts Hurt USA’s Ability to Prepare for Ebola

…The cuts reflect both the pain of the recession, as well as the nation’s waning interest in disaster preparedness, said Tener Goodwin Veenema, an associate professor and at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Nursing and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

“The responses are always top-down, but the real solution should be bottom up,” with more training and resources for local public health workers, Veenema said.

Although the nation went on high alert after the terrorist attacks of September 2001 — and the anthrax attacks that followed — the country has lost enthusiasm for preparing for mass disasters, Veenema said.

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