The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have trained 25 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) in intense border screening to detect Ebola.
Speaking at the start of the joint training of trainers’ workshop in Monrovia last Friday, BIN Commissioner Cllr. Lemuel Reeves admonished his officers to make use of the training, as it is intended to protect our borders against the recurrence of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
“The training is intended to intensify the screening process of people coming into the country, especially from Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, to ensure that our borders are secure and safe now that they have been declared officially opened by President Sirleaf.”
The Immigration boss continued, “[The trainers] are building your capacity so that you may be able also to train your colleagues assigned at the different border points across the country, because you are the ones that will be taking over the security of Liberia when our partners leave.”
Commissioner Reeves said the training is also important, especially with Liberia’s neighboring countries experiencing new cases of Ebola which could keep Liberia from being announced Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) if cross border transmission continues.
For his part, CDC’s Senior Advisor Philip Talboy said the training was important because the immigration officers were the first line agents at all the borders and as such they need to be fully prepared to ensure that people are properly screened before entering the country.
Talboy meanwhile assured officials of the BIN that more BIN officers would be trained.
Also speaking was IOM Project Manager, Lind Andrew, who said the training is important because it will keep cases of the virus from reaching the population.
Andrew said the IOM will continue to support the BIN in its post-Ebola activities to ensure that BIN provides good services to the Liberian people.