LIBERIA: US To Train Security Personnel For Ebola Zones

United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, has disclosed that her government will train the Liberia National Police and Armed Forces of Liberia personnel on how to provide security to Ebola-affected zones.

She said the training is a joint effort of the governments of Liberia and the United States and other partners involved in the ongoing Ebola crisis in the country.

The training, which is expected to commence later this month, will among other issues focus on guiding the security personnel on how to properly handle the personal protective equipment and do community outreach to people in affected zones of the crisis, she said.

The U.S Envoy said the U.S Department of State’s Bureau for International Security will conduct the training on supporting quarantine and isolation operations, and providing security near hospitals, Ebola holding centers and Ebola Treatment Units.

She added that it also plans training for LNP in the coming weeks on community outreach on Ebola prevention, adding that the training is estimated at US$700,000.

Speaking at the daily Ebola briefing in Monrovia on Friday, Ambassador Malac observed that the scope of the virus is huge, and that the Government of Liberia is working in a coordinated framework with its partners to ensure that the disease is totally eradicated from the country.

At the same time, Information Minister Lewis Brown says the government will continue to be committed to the survivability of its people, despite the unprecedented trend of the disease.

“The government continues to lead the fight which we cannot surrender now, while our international partners continue to give us all the technical support in this fight”, he maintained.

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