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Ebola kills five police officers

Deputy Police Director for Administration, William K. Mulbah, has told a US medical team visiting Liberia that the deadly Ebola virus has killed five officers of the Liberia National Police, LNP.

A police barrack on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia was early this quarantined after an affiliate of one of the officers there was allegedly infected and subsequently spread the disease in the barrack. Dozens of officers in the barrack were being observed after it was discovered that a nurse, who had been visiting there died of Ebola.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mulbah said the LNP is grateful for the numerous supports it continues to get from the Americans, directed towards rebuilding the capacity of the police, saying, with such knowledge the LNP was prepared to fight against Ebola.

The police announced yesterday that a team from the Louisiana State University arrived in Liberia to conduct a three-day intensive anti-Ebola seminar for over five hundred officers. Mr. Mulbah had cautioned officers attending the training to take it seriously. Officers from the patrol, Police Support Unit and the Emergency Response Unit are partaking in the training.

The seminar, which is ongoing at the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill, is made possible through the US State Department to train first respondents of the police to the Ebola crisis, a statement said on Monday.

The LNP says the US team is headed by Jason Krause, Director of Operations at the National Center or Biomedical Research and Training based in the State of Louisiana, America. Giving a background, the LNP press release says the team is specialized in biological incidents, food and agriculture incidents and hazard, respectively.

Speaking at 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.

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The three weeks training will look at protective measures such as wearing personal protective equipment when in the vicinity of infected patients, potentially infected materials or surfaces.

The police say the training will also focus on the “do not”, such as warning against touching infected persons without wearing proper PPEs, and avoid handling  tissues, bodily fluids, or clothing from infected persons without wearing PPEs.

The LNP says it has been receiving supports from the US government since the outbreak of the diseases here, including PPEs, Chloride, chlorine, face mask, eye protection, respiratory protection, gloves and hand sanitizers, among others.

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