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Police Screened Before Return

Fijian Police officers serving under the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will be quarantined for Ebola in Liberia before returning home. Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald yesterday confirmed this. He
27 Nov 2014 13:46
Police Screened Before Return
Police commissioner Bernardus Groenewald during the press conference yesterday . Photo: Rama

Fijian Police officers serving under the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will be quarantined for Ebola in Liberia before returning home.

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald yesterday confirmed this.

He said it was a UN requirement that the service members will be housed and medically supervised for 21 days before returning to their home country.

World media reports says the virus has killed more than 5000 people in West Africa this year, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Commissioner Groenewald said their main mission was to keep the UNMIL Police officers, family members and Fiji’s neighbours safe from the deadly Ebola virus.

He intends to have talks with Fiji’s Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, on the matter.

“He is in the country at the moment and I’m hoping to meet with him before he leaves for New York,” Commissioner Groenewald said.

According to an UN release, the risk of spreading Ebola to passengers or crew on an aircraft is low because Ebola spreads by direct contact with infected body fluids. Ebola does not spread through the air like flu.

When the officers return home, Commissioner Groenewald said they would be monitored regularly.

He also confirmed that the Police officers were serving in areas that were safe from Ebola.

Our health and border authorities had carried out a mock Ebola exercise at Nadi International Airport recently to test their response on the deadly virus.

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