US Gov’t Provides Anti-Ebola Training for Police

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A team from the Louisiana State University has arrived in the country to hold a three-week intensive anti Ebola seminar for over 500 officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

The seminar which is ongoing at the LNP Headquarters is made possible through the States Department, of the US Government to train first respondents of the police to the Ebola crisis

The three-man team is headed by Jason Krause, Director of Operations National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, based in the State of Louisiana, the United States of America.

The team is specialized in biological incidents, Food and Agriculture Incidents and Haznat. Speaking at the opening of the Seminar the head of the Louisiana medical team Jason Krause, said the team is in the country to provide more practical training for selected officers of the Liberia National Police as they respond to the Ebola outbreak in the country.

He concluded that the training was significant for the officers and will further put them in a more suitable condition not to contract and spread the disease.

The three weeks training will look at protective measures such as Wearing personal protective Equipment when in the vicinity of infected patients or potentially infected material or surfaces and will also focus on the “DO NOT” such as not to touch infected persons without proper PPE, and not handle tissues, bodily fluids, or clothing from infected person without proper protective Equipment.   

Since the outbreak of the Ebola the United States Government has made several gestures of anti-Ebola materials to the Liberia National Police, to include PPE, Chloride, and Chorine, Facemask, Eye Protection, Respiratory Protection , Gloves  and hand sensitizer among others.

Speaking on behalf of the LNP, the Director of Police for Administration Col. William K. Mulbah lauded the Government of the United States of America for the much assistance they have rendered the police in the midst of the Ebola crisis which he said has claimed the lives of over five police officers.

The LNP Deputy Director said, the police was grateful  for the numerous support it continue to get from the Americans ,  directed towards re- building the  capacity of the police and promised that with such knowledge the LNP was prepared to increase its fight against the spread of the virus.

He cautioned officers attending the training program to take it seriously while they are actively engaged with the EBOLA fight.

The officers attending the seminar are drawn from the Crime Services Division, Patrol, Police Support Unit, ERU, Traffic etc.

The Liberia National Police have been seriously involved with the fight against the spread of EVD since its outbreak by the deploying officers to key medical instillations around the country. The police involvement has also covered the escorting of health workers and body removal teams into various communities.

Recently the Liberia National Police launched a massive “Ebola Awareness Campaign” in Dolo Town Margibi County where several items were donated to the residents during their time of quarantined.

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