Dr. Anne Schuchat, the Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declared yesterday that the Zika Virus is “scarier than we initially thought,” with serious complications for pregnant women.
In a heavily attended press conference, Dr. Schuchat admitted that these complications include “not only microcephaly,” but also serious risks for “premature birth, brain abnormalities” and even “blind babies.” The press conference can be viewed here…
With roughly 33,000 babies born annually in Puerto Rico, this could lead to substantial suffering throughout the island.
The CDC had previously warned that 700,000 people on the island of Puerto Rico will contract the Zika virus by the end of this year, and that 20% of the island’s population will contract the Zika virus within the next nine months.
THE U.S. RESPONSE
The US response to this explosive health crisis has been deeply disturbing.
Last year, in 2015, the US congress imposed severe Medicaid and Medicare cuts in Puerto Rico, particularly to Medicare Advantage. Hospitals were closed, clinics are now under-staffed, and many doctors have left the island.
In Washington D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan recently stated that the Zika crisis in Puerto Rico “is something we want to get ahead of.” But then after making this statement, the House Republicans rejected Pres. Obama’s funding request of $1.9 billion for Zika prevention in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and other southern states.
Incredibly, the House Republicans want to re-direct the funds away from an Ebola program in Africa, and send some of those funds to Puerto Rico.
In other words, the House Republicans are telling Obama: “you can save lives in Africa or save lives in Puerto Rico, but you can’t do both.” And they’re doing this during a presidential election year.
The health of unborn children should not be subject to the whims and personal agendas, of a handful of politicians in Washington, D.C.
THE BITTER QUESTION…THE TRAGIC ANSWER
It is time to speak clearly.
It is time to ask a fundamental question, and to demand an answer.
When three (3) people test positive for the Zika virus in the US mainland, it becomes immediate, sensational, and nationwide news.
When seven hundred thousand (700,000) Puerto Ricans are expected to become infected, the news is reported locally and soon forgotten…and as soon as the news is forgotten, the US congress quietly denies the Zika prevention funds.
And so the question becomes…are Puerto Ricans less “citizens,” or less human, than everyone else in the United States?
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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