The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Aug. 24
The news in America was joyful. Two brave American health professionals, Dr. Keith Brantly and Nancy Writebol, flown to the United States after they fell ill with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, walked out of the hospital last week. Doctors say they have been cured.
Many patients weren’t so lucky in Liberia, New Guinea and Sierra Leone, where fear, ignorance and a rudimentary public health system have been just as lethal as the deadly disease. West Africans and the world must deal with these issues as the virus’ death toll in the region rises over 1,000.
Unfounded fears of Ebola aren’t unique to Africans. A recent Harvard School of Public Health poll showed that many Americans don’t understand how the disease is spread.
However, a lack of information about the deadly disease, spread by close contact with blood, vomit and other secretions, is deadly at ground zero in West Africa. Sadly, some West Africans don’t even think that the disease exists.
Health officials there must do a better job educating people about Ebola and the world must help these suffering countries get medical supplies and recruit volunteer health professionals. …
The (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune, Aug. 24
Improving the economy — providing more jobs — is the key to lifting individuals and families out of poverty. That has been made crystal clear during the last several years in Ohio. …
Recognizing more effective steps need to be taken to attack poverty, Gov. John Kasich has established a new state office devoted to welfare reform. The Office of Human Services Intervention is intended to provide services to the poor more effectively, while lowering the cost to taxpayers. …
One approach HSI Director Douglas Lumpkin may want to consider is obtaining current statistics. Even state officials who released a report on poverty earlier this year relied on numbers no more recent than 2012. …
Kasich and Lumpkin seem dedicated to a comprehensive approach to the challenge, with initiatives in public education, health care, job training and placement and mechanical improvements in how benefits are delivered to those in poverty.
Lumpkin is to deliver recommendations to the governor before the end of this year. Kasich may be able to implement some by executive order, though others may require legislative action. After careful analysis to ensure the plan is good — not full of politically correct feel-good initiatives — state officials should move quickly to implement it.