The Joint Service Soldiers including soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and their foreign mentors are participating in a weekly class to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Attending the classes are healthcare workers, U.S. service members, soldiers from the AFL Medical Command, officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) as well as representatives from other agencies.
The classes are being facilitated by experts including people who have affiliated with Ebola patients prior to the outbreak in the country early last year.
The exercise became necessary when over eight AFL soldiers lost their lives to EVD last year at the Edward Biyan Kesselly (EBK), the home of the 23rd Infantry Brigade, near Camp Shelfline, Lower Margibi County. It also helps to ensure that the American soldiers on ground return safely to their respective barracks in the U.S.
The weekly classes, according to the latest edition of the AFL newsletter…The AFL Guardian, Vol.5, #15, are being conducted by soldiers of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Ebola Treatment Training Team.
The class, which is being conducted at the National Police Training Academy in Monrovia, is in support of Operation United Assistance.
“When the Ebola virus started, there weren’t enough healthcare workers to eradicate the disease, observed Major Retaunda Riley, the Senior Brigade Physician Assistant (PA) with the 36th Engineering Brigade of the U.S Army assigned in Liberia.
“With the permission of the Liberian Government, we extended our support along with various agencies worldwide to help stop the virus.”
According Maj. Riley, upon the completion of the weekly class, some of the locals who were jobless found work at the various Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), where international partners in the fight against Ebola were directing their support.
“Our presence in the country has tremendously helped to reduce the spread of the EVD where we do believe the numbers of cases have decreased in all the 15 counties, but two—Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount.”
Maj. Riley believes that working together with the requisite education and awareness messages have also helped to decrease the spread of the virus.
Topics being discussed included technician activities in first aid paramedics, improvised methods of first aid, and the general first aid procedures in disease prevention mechanisms.