Bangladeshi peacekeepers in West Africa are fully safe and no one has been affected with or is at the risk of Ebola, the deadly viral disease that has killed over 4,000 people and infected around 10,000 worldwide, mostly in African countries, a senior Bangladesh Army officer said on Tuesday.
The total situation is being monitored regularly and Army members are mentally strong and confident, said Major General Dr Md Rabiul Hossain, physician of the Armed Forces, at a press conference on "Ebola Prevention Preparation" on Tuesday at Armed Forces Medical Institute (AFMI).
A contingent of 522 Bangladesh army personnel is now deployed in Liberia where United Nations has worked from 2003 to meet emergencies evoked by a prolonged civil war. But the number of Ebola affected people has been decreasing in Liberia, said Bangladesh Army's Overseas Director Brigadier General Saleem Ahmed Khan.
As a precaution against the deadly Ebola virus, Bangladeshi Peacekeepers in West Africa refrain from shaking hands and wash hands compulsorily. They also go through thermal scanning of physical temperature before entering the Army Camp and comply with the directives regarding Ebola Preparation, Brig-Gen. Saleem Ahmed Khan said.
Some Army peacekeepers were worried about the Ebola but they overcame the problem by taking Ebola related (consultation) sessions, he said.
A medical team led by Major General Dr Md Rabiul Hossain recently visited Liberia and encouraged the Bangladeshi troops there to face the Ebola threats.
During the visit, the team met with the UN Mission Chief Major General Leonard Muriuki who visited different camps of Bangladeshi Mission in Central Africa.