(NaturalNews) The Obama Administration has ordered the Department of Defense to form a 30-member military medical “quick strike team” that can deploy quickly — within 72 hours — to any new outbreaks of Ebola in the U.S., reports have said.
The team will consist of five physicians, 20 nurses and five trainees, according to reports, and will be tasked with providing “direct treatment to Ebola patients inside the United States,” according to CNN.
“The concept is said to have come out of Obama’s recent White House meeting, one in which reports had him berating staff for an inadequate response to the growing crisis around Ebola,” Breitbart News reported.
CNN said Pentagon officials have confirmed the formation of the team, which will be able to quickly deploy any time over the next month.
The team was requested by the Department of Health and Human Services. CNN reported further that the Defense Department “has been working to determine what assistance it could offer the civilian health care sector” after a recent White House meeting in which the president made it clear that he wanted a more aggressive response to any new Ebola cases.
‘No violation of Posse Comitatus’
Following the meeting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered Gen. Chuck Jacoby, head of U.S. Northern Command, or USNORTHCOM, which oversees homeland defense and security, “to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States,” said Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.
The Pentagon spokesman added that Jacoby, a four-star Army general, has begun work on the joint team. Once it is formed, Kirby continued, the team will be sent to the Army’s medical training facilities at Fort Sam Houston, near Austin, Texas, to begin seven days of intense training in infection control and the wear of personal protective equipment.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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