PH peacekeepers Ebola free – AFP


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday gave assurances that the 108 (not 110 as earlier reported) officers and enlisted personnel who will be returning home on Tuesday from Ebola-stricken Liberia have all passed the initial Ebola screening tests.

The Ebola screening was done by the medical staff of the United Nations on November 8.

Col. Roberto Ancan, commanding officer of the peacekeeping operations center, said he received the copy of the results of the clinical assessments indicating that they are free from the deadly virus.

The military however is not taking any chances and the troopers will still be quarantined for 21 days at Caballo Island.

AFP chief, Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. directed the joint task group Liberia to provide the peacekeepers recreational facilities during their stay in the island located at the entrance of Manila Bay near Corregidor.

A former US observation camp during World War 2, Caballo Island was chosen because of its isolated location.

AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said the Ebola screening procedure is a requirement for peacekeepers before their repatriation to their home country.

The AFP earlier planned to quarantine the returning soldiers in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac but residents near the area expressed their opposition to the plan for fear that they would be contaminated by the deadly virus.


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