Kofi Annan is not only from the continent of Africa, he is also the former Secretary General for the United Nations. So, you can say that he has a great deal of inside information on how things work within this important organization.
Annan had some choice words for the world’s governing bodies when it came to the way the Ebola virus has put the world on edge during recent weeks. Annan says that the international community could have nipped the issue in the bud much sooner, but because of their reluctance to act, ended up ruining the opportunity to contain the virus. As a result of their inaction, the Ebola virus has now gone worldwide, and threatens the health of the entire world.
“I am bitterly disappointed by the response… I am disappointed in the international community for not moving faster,” Annan said on BBC Newsnight.
“If the crisis had hit some other region it probably would have been handled very differently. In fact when you look at the evolution of the crisis, the international community really woke up when the disease got to America and Europe.”
Annan is from Ghana, and seems to feel that diseases only matter to the world once they hit The United States and Europe (aka white people). Now, the disease has infected a nurse in Spain and two nurses in the United States. It doesn’t appear to be getting any better, since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to be bungling their role all along the way.
“I point the finger of blame at the governments with capacity… I think there’s enough blame to go around,” Annan said.
“The African countries in the region could have done a bit more they could have asked for help much faster and the international community could have organized ourselves in a much better way to offer assistance.”
“We didn’t need to take months to do what we are doing today.”
Annan defended the World Health Organization, which has been criticised for not responding quickly enough to the worst ever epidemic of the disease, which began in Guinea before spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The Nobel peace prize laureate said that the WHO, which predicts that the infection rate could reach 10,000 a week by December, was aware of the risk of the disease but relied on governments to give them the resources to act.