This sounds like the story of the Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg, who wants to establish priorities when it comes to serious human complaints such as air pollution, poverty, lack of clean water, contagious diseases, food shortages and climate change.
For him it is all about symptom management, without determining the real cause of the complaints. This appears to be the symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease.
Lomborg is in favour of priorities in symptom management, but in the process he missed the diagnosis of the disease, which is overpopulation. A deadly disease of humanity.