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Fijian Police Well: Commissioner Groenewald

The threat of Ebola in Liberia and other countries in West Africa remains high with close to 5000 people now reported killed by the disease. As for Fijians serving under
16 Oct 2014 09:35
Fijian Police Well: Commissioner Groenewald
Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald

The threat of Ebola in Liberia and other countries in West Africa remains high with close to 5000 people now reported killed by the disease.

As for Fijians serving under the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald said reports from UNMIL said the morale of all Fijian Police officers remained high and all were in good health.

The Commissioner said they would stick with the existing phasing out of the 27 officers after the completion of their one-year tour of duty according to the scheduled period.

However, he said a decision had been reached that Fiji would not be sending replacements to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for the upcoming rotations because of the Ebola crisis.

“We have been informed that all necessary precautions are in place at UNMIL,” he said.

Commissioner Groenewald said the first group of officers was expected to return at the end of next month with the last batch to return in May, 2015.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) is now awaiting advice from the Ministry of Health on the deadly Ebola virus.

RFMF Land Force Command chief of staff, Lieutenant-Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho told the Fiji Sun that once they received advice from the Ministry they would alert the Fijian men and women peacekeepers serving abroad.

A report by the World Health Organization said Ebola is not transmissible if someone is asymptomatic or once someone has recovered from it.

However, the virus has been found in semen for up to three months.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine and the fatality rate can be up to 90 per cent.

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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