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British troops impressed with RSLAF work on Ebola treatment centres

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Deputy Commander of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force (JIATF) has praised the RSLAF partnership with civilian engineers on the construction of Ebola treatment centres across the country.

Brigadier Steve McMahon lauded the RSLAF during the visit of the UK Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Capwell to Sierra Leone to assess the extent of support and logistics required by the British troops in their intervention on the Ebola crisis.

During a tour of the Kerry Town Treatment Centre on 1st October, the JIATF Deputy Commander told the visiting UK Chief of Joint Operations that the RSLAF had done a “great job” in the construction of the treatment centre. He disclosed that he was impressed with the mode of construction work being carried out by the military engineers and their civilian counterparts.

Brigadier McMahon said he would be happy to see similar arrangement with the two groups in their planned construction of other treatment centres in Ebola affected areas across the country.

As part of the military assistance to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the fight against the Ebola, 95 RSLAF engineer personnel have been employed to undertake construction work at various Ebola treatment centres across the country.

At the Lakka Treatment Centre, the military engineers constructed a mortuary and toilet facilities.

In Kenema, they erected a perimeter fence and an incinerator. At the Kerry Town Treatment Centre, still under construction, the military personnel were solely responsible for the clearing of the site and movement of all logistics into the site.

They also constructed toilet facilities, mortuary, disinfection room, laundry and water tower as well as the roofing and ceiling of all the hard structures.

JIATF is the British outfit comprising civilians and military personnel, assigned to Sierra Leone in the current fight against the Ebola epidemic. The group is constructing 700-bed treatment centres across the country.

Credit: Media Unit of the RSLAF