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Filipino police UN peacekeepers in Ebola-hit Liberia safe—PNP

/ 04:36 PM August 12, 2014

Workers have their temperature taken before entering the Freeport area, an important commercial port facility, Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease’s spread. AP

MANILA, Philippines—The thirty United Nations (UN) Peacekeepers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Ebola-stricken Liberia are “relatively safe and uninfected” by the disease, a police official confirmed on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office chief, ‎said there were “no reports of any suspected or confirmed Ebola cases among UN police contingents.”

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“The PNP assures that its personnel in Liberia are following the Ebola Advisory (MIS-110/2014) from Abuja, Philippine Embassy and the Information Circular no. 2014/023 from UNMIL,” Sindac said in a statement.

The virus, which has no treatment yet, has killed 1,013 and affected 1,848 in the West African region according to the World Health Organization.

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In the same statement, Chief Superintendent Alexander Ignacio, the PNP Director for Plans, said he directed the Contingent Commander to UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to come up with a daily update on the health status of the 30 policemen.

Ignacio said he also ordered UNMIL’s contingent commander, Superintendent Gerardo Avengoza, to render an incident report of Ebola Virus directly to Abuja, Philippine Embassy, copy furnished to National Council for United Nations Peace Operations, and the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG).

“In the issued Ebola Advisory and Information Circular, peacekeeping members are advised to strictly observe the issued prevention guidelines such as avoiding direct physical contact with infected or deceased persons, washing hands frequently with soap and water and other basic precautionary actions,” Sindac said.

Sindac added that the PNP is in close coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) for the medical examination of the peacekeepers as they return to the Philippines in August.

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