NATION

Officer Tells Of Ebola Outbreak Horror

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West African countries last year was a career highlight of a senior Police officer who was on tour-of-duty in Liberia. Fiji Police
01 Aug 2015 12:40
Officer Tells Of Ebola  Outbreak Horror
ASP Anil Prasad (right), with ASP Abhay Nand at the Fiji Police Academy in Nasova, Suva. Photo: Jona Konataci

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West African countries last year was a career highlight of a senior Police officer who was on tour-of-duty in Liberia.

Fiji Police Force Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anil Prasad led an 18-member team for a year-long tour-of-duty in March last year under the United Nations Missions In Liberia (UNMIL).

ASP Prasad said the one year spent in Liberia was an eye-opener and a testing time for him since it was his first peacekeeping mission overseas.

He said one of the scariest and testing times he went through was when the outbreak of the Ebola virus came about.

“The only difficult situation we faced at one stage was the outbreak of Ebola,” ASP Prasad said.

“During the month of July to December there were like 20 to 25 cases per day reported and we were very fearful about it.

“We were told about it by the UN media brief that this was a killer disease and if one gets it there was no cure, but we were glad all the precautions were taken by the UN to prevent us from getting it.

“It was frightening especially when we were moving around in the UN vehicle. We would see a person dead on the street for a couple of days before special teams come with protective gear and vehicles to transport the body, so basically it was scary at times.”

However, ASP Prasad said he was overwhelmed with what he was able to grasp from the year-long tour.

“I learned a lot. There are a lot of advanced technologies that we used to use and we usually rely on soft copies for our day-to-day activities.”

He said the use of new technologies in their workplace also made work easier for them.

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fijisun E-edition
Total Excellium
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper