Could My Ultimatum and Recolonization Plan Help Stop Ebola
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1. The basis of whether I win or not is not based on whether we should adopt this proposal just whether it would stop ebola. So moral arguments such as "this sort of intervention in other people's affairs is wrong" do not count towards determining the winner. Economic arguments that this would cost western nations money to implement also are irrelevant. This debate is solely about whether this would work to stop the spread of ebola.
As we all know there is an ebola epidemic in Africa.
Ebola only spreads through bodily fluids. This limits its spread in developed countries. The reason for its spread in developing countries is largely due to the lack of protective clothing in African hospitals, the reuse of needles, and ignoring precautions universal outside of Africa.
My proposal for the good of health of people all over the world but especially in Africa is this:
We give African nations an ultimatum. They will strictly enforce proper protective clothing rules observed in the West, prohibit the reuse of needles, and require strict handwashing. They will have to see to the enforcement of this, firing anybody found to be in violation. Western states will sell supplies needed to make this possible such as clean needles and medical clothing at reduced costs either by selling the products at reduced cost from state-owned companies or by reimbursing the African nations for private purchases.
We give them 3 years and then investigate. Any nation that is not compliant is invaded by a coalition of developed nations and put under an administration appointed by them which will fully police and enforce these medical standards.
It is inexcusable that these nations don't have up to date standards for medicine. If recolonization becomes necessary a full effort against it including jail for violators of the law.
It is clear this would stop the transmission of ebola.
Con's job is to disprove my contention that this would stop the transmission of ebola. If con can not do that con loses.
Primary sources on the disease used in this argument are located below
By protective clothing I am talking about the clothing standards used in western hospitals and when it comes to treating known ebola patients any special standards the west uses in those cases would be required to be implemented by the African countries.
It may be advantageous to include other things in the ultimatum than what I mentioned in round 1. While that is beyond the scope of the debate the debate is "Could my ultimatum and recolonization plan help stop ebola?" and even if we didn't add to the ultimatum something is better than nothing. African countries currently have hospitals where doctors sometimes don't wash their hands, don't wear proper protective clothing, and where needles are reused in medical treatments. Stopping these things would at least help for sure.
-> CDC Signs and Symptoms for Ebola
-> Testing for Ebola
-> Washing hands
"There is no doubt that medically "something" is better than nothing."
Con has conceded that my plan would help. That is all I had to prove, not that it would be right or be the best merely that it would help stop ebola.
"How many are they testing? What is the accuracy of said tests?"
In situations like these they should test every single person. As to the problem of rape, if we test everyone the person who gets infected can still be quarantined. Anyone who had sex with them consensual or not should be retested and then if they are claiming rape they could press charges, which is a separate issue from stemming the tide of ebola, an important issue but not the same one.
As to your point about doctors not washing their hands in the US. True but the policy is that they do wash their hands. And my proposal involves jail for violators in these particular countries if it reaches the point of requiring recolonization. Severe criminal penalties would make transmission even less likely than in Western countries.
If it was hard to enforce we would only need to set up cameras.
As to clothing you're right I didn't point out any obvious links. Suffice to say what ever the standards are in Western countries should be uniformally enforced in Africa. That makes sense given that disease transmission is lower in the West.
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