Committee: World Health Organization
Ebola is a virus that’s extremely rare, but extremely deadly. The virus was discovered in 1776 in Yambuku, Zaire, and has continued to become a well known disease that draws the interest of scientists, doctors, and common people. In fact the most recent and devastating outbreak is in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thankfully, Belgium has not experienced Ebola, and we hope that other countries can eliminate the disease as well. In order to do this we need to set in place safe and sanitary procedures.
Belgium’s safety from Ebola is most likely due to our distance from the main sources and outbreaks in Africa. Another reason is Belgium’s less abundant population of the wild animals like fruit bats, which can cause the deadly virus. Although Belgium could still be exposed to the disease through travelers and immigrants who catch the virus elsewhere, it is unlikely to begin or mature in Belgium. As long as we can keep our borders and our airports safe we can stop the disease. In this case we fully support the creation of preventative measures. In fact up until January of 2016 we had preventive procedures for Ebola at our national airport. Adding on to that, after a large outbreak in 2014 associated with West Africa, a conference, funded by the Belgian International Development Department, included 250 international researchers and health experts that began work on creating treatments and vaccines to combat the virus. This conference has also considered stopping Ebola at the source by improving health in impoverished areas of Africa.
Overall, on behalf of Belgium, I can say that Ebola needs to be prevented for the safety of our people. We are willing to support preventative measures such as vaccines and treatments for Ebola, although there has to be guidelines. Belgium has never experienced Ebola and we hope to keep it that way, as well as help others make it that way through education, vaccination, and controlled transportation.
- Jackson Bowles