The Head of Mission of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Major General/Dr. Julius Oketta, has commended the Liberia National Police (LNP) for its contributions to the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus disease in the country. According to an LNP release, Maj. Gen. Oketta further said that both civil and military efforts are needed to save the country and its people from the virus.
“We are proud of the contributions your institution has made since the outbreak of the virus in the country despite logistical constraints, but with the support of the international community including the AU this virus will be defeated in the shortest possible time,” the Ugandan General said in his interaction with LNP officers yesterday, at the LNP Headquarters on Capitol Hill.
Gen. Oketta praised the resilience of the people of Liberia in their endeavor to fight the deadly Ebola Virus. He warned Liberians to avoid sources of Ebola.
The AU Envoy on Ebola said that while the country is making significant progress in the fight against the spread of the deadly virus, it would be helpful for Liberians to avoid complacency and instead work for the betterment of the country following the deadly outbreak which has claimed the lives of many Liberians.
Dr. Oketta said, the sources of the virus must be avoided during the political campaign and called on Liberians to avoid crowded areas including beaches which he said may lead to someone contracting the virus to the detriment of the entire country.
He maintained that the AU will continue to support the country’s efforts in fighting the virus and help it return to its normal status.
Welcoming the AU Ebola Envoy to the Headquarters of the LNP, Director Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi praised the AU’s intervention in the Ebola crisis.
He thanked the AU for undertaking the training of over four hundred police officers to enhance the Ebola fight.
The LNP boss re-echoed the government’s instruction that all beaches are to remain closed until the country is Ebola free. He called on Liberians to be mindful that the country is not yet free of the virus, but urged them to practice the preventive measures that will diminish the spread of the virus.