Pretoria - South Africa should have played the leading role in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa, Frans Viljoen, director of the University of Pretoria's centre for human rights, said on Wednesday.
“As South Africans we should laud President Barack Obama,” he said during a University of Pretoria panel discussion on South Africa's preparedness for Ebola.
“He made the announcement about the US sending huge amounts of resources and personnel into Liberia. As a beacon of public health on the continent, as a country that stands for African problems being resolved by Africans themselves, South Africa should have taken a leading role.”
The country should have taken more proactive steps, instead of merely making sure there was protective clothing available.
Obama issued a global call to action on Tuesday to fight the West African Ebola epidemic. He warned the outbreak was unprecedented and “spiralling out of control”, threatening hundreds of thousands of people.