WHO, with Margaret Chen as a head, need to be put on trial, because they are responsible for the death of thousands of people, who have died needlessly, says New Jersey-based epidemiologist Tomislav Prvulovic.
It’s a question of time when the Ebola will ‘arrive’ to Serbia. – Prvulović, one of the world’s leading experts in tropical and infectious diseases, is concerned not only about the spread of Ebola, but also disgusted with the way the World Health Organization and United Nations deal with this threat to mankind, “the danger to humanity from a deadly infection for which there is yet no cure.”
“I’m very angry. World Health Organization, headed by Margaret Chen, should be put on trial since they are responsible because they let many people die needlessly. “
” WHO, UN urgently need to reconsider their positions on Ebola, because what we have now is tantamount to a plannednow threatens Africa, but if we don’t stop it quickly, this new plague will spread throughout all the other continents,”, DrPrvulović says in an interview to the Frankfurt-based Serbian language daily Vesti.
The virus spreads rapidly, while there is no concrete evidence in the field that it is being suppressed – all we get are predictions that soon another 20,000 people will die, said this epidemiologist who was a member of a team that originally discovered the disease as a new deadly virus during the first outbreak 38 years ago in Congo and later Nigeria and Senegal.
“38 years ago we had 500 dead, and the disease was stopped, while today the World Health Organization deals with predictions and forecasts, and UN coordinator in charge of Ebola instead of being on the field where the infection spreads, sits here in America,”
Prvulović is in continuous contact with the United African Congress; Prvulović has been invited by the Prime Minister of Liberia to help to fight the disease. The situation in Africa is alarming ” Their Chancellor Ivet Cesoni has invited me and promised that I would have all freedom in dealing with the disease, that they will listen carefully and keep my advice to me in everything, not only Government the president of Liberia, but also the military and police. Because, to stop the spread of Ebola, it is necessary to act as a dictator. This means a total quarantine for all of the sick and those who were in contact with them, as well as medical staff, “said Prvulović.
“Today in the villages of Liberia dead are lying in the streets; before the burial, their relatives wash their cropses. They’re all shallowly buried. The cropses have to be cremated, as well as all personal belongins of the deceased.
If it’s necessary with the help of the army and police that need to ban all contact with the infected and those who are in quarantine. Four decades ago that method worked, but we were also able to communicate and give instructions in local languages how to recognize the Ebola and what do they have to do in order to avoid it and save theirselves.
“Obviously, it’s not the case anymore”
However, in order to go to Liberia, Dr Prvulovic and his team need the UN approval and UN diplomatic passport; that’s what the United African Congress and Liberia formally requested from world organizations a status that it is necessary to have.
“In addition, it is necessary for Liberia and other vulnerable countries to be provided with equipment and medicines in sufficient quantities, including devices for the production of serum from the blood of those who survived Ebola. – Everyone who survives EBOLA becomes permanently immune. So if we have not more than 250 gramms of such person’s blood, we would make a completely efficient serum for about 50 patients. Such a medicine can help to more than 40 percent of patients survive, instead of 10 percent as it’s the case in the present.” he stressed, adding that during the present outbreak the medicament for the treatment of AIDS has also shown the results. Asked what would you do if Ebola appeares in Serbia, Prvulović says he would come immediately, as it did in the case of smallpox when they once appeared in Yugoslavia and when they succesfully stopped the disease.
* Professor Tomislav Prvulovic MD, MPH, Ph.D., Serb, born in 1936 in a town called Jezero in Serbia, then Yugoslavia, has expertise in international public health, bioterrorism and infectious and tropical diseases. But what sets him apart from conventional doctors is the way he has applied that knowledge.
“Albert Schweitzer is the only [western] medical doctor that has spent more time than me in the [world’s] poorest countries. I loved it. I loved the people,” he says in an interview with The Suit Magazine. “Send me where the problem is; send me where the action is. I don’t like the blah, blah, blah.”
During the first half of his career, Prvulovic got a taste of traditional medicine. “I was teaching in Houston but it was boring. It was Texas guys just thinking of Texas, so I joined Flying Doctors of Africa (AMREF) in 1987,” he says. “[At one point] the Minister of Health in Somalia needed a public health assistant, and so I did that. Another time I was asked to speak to the first Congress for AIDS in Tanzania.”
“I went to the Congo to handle an Ebola epidemic, and Zaire, the rape capital of the world. I experienced, in vivo, the Ebola virus, the number two bio-weapon in the world,” he states. “With the Ebola virus, everyone dies, even doctors. I told the police, ‘Don’t let anyone in or out, including me. Take care not to touch cots or urine.’ They just had to follow basic steps.”
His experience with bioterrorism viruses is invaluable. “I am now the only professor in the U.S. teaching bioterrorism,” he explains. “I published a book for the Pentagon – how to survive in environments with those diseases. It’s important right now in Afghanistan. I told them, ‘Don’t eat cold cuts, you have to see [meat] prepared freshly.’”
Other biological weapons he has faced include smallpox and the plague. From 1992 to 1996 he was the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Public Health Administrator. “The WHO sent me to handle the [world’s] last smallpox epidemic, in Yugoslavia,” he says. It was the WHO’s first victory in completely eradicating a disease, and Prvulovic received a medal for his efforts. “Smallpox is the number one bio-weapon because it’s easy to transmit by droplets. The number three weapon is the Plague. I went to Burma, with 50 million people under the rule of a military regime, when it was hit by the Plague,” he recalls.
Prvulovic is also an educator. “”I love when doctors listen to what I have to say. I don’t lecture. I walk around during my presentations. I teach tropical diseases at all the medical schools in New Jersey and New York,” he says. He is not satisfied, however, with the complacent attitude of many of today’s medical professionals. With exasperation in his voice, he says, “Doctors [treating tropical diseases] forgot what to do; they forgot their Hippocratic Oath. I told them, ‘you’re killing people,’” he said, adding, “I did it the old [fashioned] way. I used a gun to inject 500 people [per] hour with the smallpox vaccine.” One of his sons, Misha, died at the age of three. “After my son died, I started working with children,” he says. He has been a consulting professor for UNICEF on the Community Health and Financing Project in Myanmar. The accolades have followed Prvulovic’s prolific body of work. “[In June of 2009] American University in North Carolina and Cambridge University nominated me for the Nobel Peace Prize. I didn’t get it, but it’s still in play. If I win the Nobel Prize [of two million dollars], I’ll go into the field and give the money to children,” he promises.