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1,500 RSLAF personnel to be trained on Ebola prevention and control

OCTOBER 13, 2014

A two-day training of trainers for RSLAF personnel across the country simultaneously commenced last Thursday morning in Makeni and Bo.

The training, which is organized and supported by GOAL Sierra Leone, will also take place in Freetown this week. The initial training will target 65 military personnel in all the locations.

During the opening ceremony held at Teko Barracks in Makeni, the 4 Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Albert Kargbo, underscored the importance of the training in the eradication of Ebola Viral Disease (EVD).

Colonel Kargbo said the EVD has not only killed people but has also stagnated the economy and caused international isolation of country. He thanked GOAL Sierra Leone for taking the “bold step” to train the military personnel employed in the fight against the killer disease.

In his contribution, the Chief of Operations at RSLAF Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Sulaiman Massaquoi, said the military leadership attached “great importance” to every action, including such training in the Ebola campaign. He appealed to the participants to implement the teachings of the training to save the country.

In an interview, the Programme Support Officer of GOAL Sierra Leone, Annisha Vasutavan, said the 65 trained personnel would cascade the training to all the 1630 RSLAF personnel deployed across the country to assist rhe Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the fight against Ebola.

Ms. Vasutavan said the training would focus on how RSLAF personnel could protect themselves and their communities against Ebola and also control the epidemic.

Credit: Media Unit of the RSLAF