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September 16th, 2014
06:17 PM ET

Doctor: More than U.S. military needed to fight Ebola

(CNN) – President Obama announced Tuesday the United States will send troops, material to build field hospitals, additional health care workers, community care kits, and badly needed medical supplies in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

An expert in humanitarian medicine and tropical diseases called the plan "impressive."

"The U.S. military is the only organization in the world that can deliver these kinds of resources," said Dr. Alex van Tulleken, professor at Fordham University.

"But this is a region ravaged by war. And people have a very well-founded distrust of men in uniform with guns. And it's really important this is not perceived as a security crisis in Liberia but as a public health crisis," van Tulleken said.

A logistics operation to deliver equipment and supplies is essential, but "this is also about education and behavior change," he said.

For more of our interview with Dr. Alex van Tulleken, check out the video above.

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