Gov’t Deploys AFL to Combat Ebola

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The Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, has disclosed that men of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have been tasked to provide security for all health workers and institutions across Liberia, to ensure that they perform their job under good atmosphere,  free of violence.

At the regular Information Ministry press briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, the Defense Minister said the deployment of the AFL is intended to support quality decisions, especially containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

“The men and women of the AFL, White Shell, as they will be called during  this assignment, have  been tasked to provide security for all our health practitioners, institutions and secure other security personnel assigned with the health authorities to ensure that they have a safety ground in carrying out their duties to curtail the virus.”

The Minister said the State of Emergency as declared by the President, was timely and in the right direction and would help allow the Government to focus on fighting the deadly virus for the next three months or 90-days.   

He disclosed that AFL is being divided into task forces mandated to facilitate the movement of people, including businesspeople in Lofa, Bong, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, respectively to ensure that the deadly outbreak is controlled.

According to Minister Samukai, Task Force one will base in Montserrado and Margibi Counties, Task Force will be assigned in Lofa county especially borders in containing the movement of people coming and going out of Liberia as well as going to market places between Foya to Voinjama.

“They will have position with the borders, including Foya, Lofa’s Bridge and Barkedu, were there are more new cases according to the Health Ministry in order to response to any outbreak that require the presence of the Armed or the deliveries of any materials.”

The Defense Minister said, Task Force three will be assigned in Bomi County and Task Force would be assigned Grand Cape Mount with a patrol team in Robert Sports including the Bo-Water side to contain any personal movement in support of combating the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

“We have put into placed process to help safe our people given the circumstance of the current health problem in the country, but will also like to warned those involve in providing false information to our people on ‘well poisoning,’ on the basic of rumors, falsehood to desist from the process.”

According to him, the Task Force will carry out a consistent containment of people especially in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties to observe a 21-day surveillance to ensure that counties affected would extend such to other counties.

Mr. Samukai said, the virus was real and needed more measures to help curtail it, adding that it is importance for the Government including relevant partners to treat it with seriousness to ensure that the people are safe.      

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