By Victoria Saffa
Director of Community Relations in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has said that the SLP – together with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) – has invoked the Military Aid to Civil Power (MAC-P) in different parts of the country.
Assistant Inspector General of Police Chris Charlie made this disclosure in an exclusive interview with Concord Times at his George Street office, Police headquarters in central Freetown.
According to him, the SLP has deployed over three thousand (3,000) armed men in different parts of the country, especially in Kenema and Kailahun districts, and in Freetown as the Ebola haemorrhagic virus continues to ravage the population.
He said the police will work with the military to help the government combat the outbreak, especially in the epicentre districts of Kailahun and Kenema.
“The SLP is committed in the fight to combat the spread of the Ebola virus,” said AIG Charlie. “We are waiting on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the government to enforce the ban on all mushroom hospitals. All these hospitals identified by the ministry will be forcefully shutdown.”
The head of Community Relations informed Concord Times that the SLP and RSLAF are monitoring all government health centres in the country, and that they are going to provide the necessary support and protection to health workers to enable them perform their role of saving the lives of people infected with the Ebola virus, which has killed over 200 Sierra Leoneans.
Meanwhile, all government hospitals across the country are currently being guarded by armed personnel of the SLP and RSLAF 24 hours daily.