Power: Ebola doctors are ‘conquering heroes’

A top U.S. diplomat says returning healthcare workers who treated Ebola patients should be treated like “conquering heroes.”

{mosads}Speaking to NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the government should encourage more healthcare workers to fight the Ebola crisis, rather than “stigmatizing” those who return from West Africa.

“All of us need to make clear what these health workers mean to us and how much we value their service,” Power said.

“We need to find a way that when they come home they are treated like conquering heroes and not stigmatized for the tremendous work that they have done,” she added.

Officials in New York, New Jersey and Illinois announced quarantines for healthcare workers returning from West Africa after a doctor tested positive for the deadly virus.

Power landed in Guinea early Sunday morning as she starts a tour of the three West African nations hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak.

Power is traveling to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to demonstrate U.S. support and draw attention to the need for more help from other nations.

Power will also visit Ghana and Belgium before returning later this week. 

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