It is difficult to understand what prevents governments from behaving pro actively, anticipating what will be required, ensuring that equipment, personnel and processes are in place and then initiating preventive actions. In Sri Lanka if one were to encounter a person showing symptoms of Ebola infection there is still no hotline to call. The suspected patient will have to be transported to a hospital infecting people all along the way as well as in the hospital. There is not indication from the government as to whether quantities of personal protective gear have been imported and are in stock or whether individual quarantine facilities are ready and quarantine teams in place. It appears to be the nature of government to be reactive rather than proactive.
I would like to know whether the situation is the same in other nation states as well. If so it is a global problem that must be responded to immediately. Current governmental processes and personnel appear to be incapable of dealing with disasters.