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Full Exercise On Ebola

A full scale exercise on Ebola will be carried out today at Nadi International Airport. The Multi-Agency Task Advisory Group (MATAG) on Ebola confirmed this to the Fiji Sun after
05 Nov 2014 12:26
Full Exercise On Ebola

A full scale exercise on Ebola will be carried out today at Nadi International Airport.

The Multi-Agency Task Advisory Group (MATAG) on Ebola confirmed this to the Fiji Sun after their meeting at the Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) Academy in Namaka, Nadi, yesterday.

According to MATAG, the simulation exercise will require resources and manpower to gauge its response for any Ebola case arriving at Nadi.

The taskforce group said they needed to conduct the exercise to help facilitate the arrival of 27 Police officers serving in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), of which two will arrive before the end of this month.

The organising committee comprised of MATAG and AFL have been consulting on this issue, and it is in the national interest that this exercise is carried out before the end of November.

“We therefore request the usage of the airport facilities including the runaway for the full scale exercise on the 5th of November,” MATAG said.

MATAG has given its assurance that less disruption to the airport operations will be maintained.

The briefing yesterday cleared any grey areas pertaining to the resource deployment on site, facilitation of AFL passes, identification of vehicles to be used in the exercise, assemble point, clearance of runaway for the exercise (known case) and the subsequent exercise at the airport for detection at the primary line (public health).

Sunbeam transport is providing free bus service for the exercise and Fiji Airways flight attendants will be inside the bus and practising their protocols.

More than 100 volunteers will be taking part in the exercise. The Ministry of Defence and Health is also involved.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald had already confirmed that the Fiji Police Force would not send any Police officers to Liberia when the second contingent returns in May next year. He said they would send officers to Liberia only when the virus was contained.

He also confirmed that Police officers currently serving in Liberia were safe from the deadly Ebola virus.

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