Philippines to quarantine 112 peacekeepers returning from Liberia

Ebola patients receiving treatment
Ebola patients receiving treatment

Philippine Military Spokesperson, Harold Cabunoc, said on Tuesday in Manila that more than 100 soldiers returning to the Philippines from a peacekeeping mission in Liberia would be quarantined on a secluded island.

He said the 112-member peacekeeping contingent is due to arrive in Manila on November 11.

Cabunoc said the military initially planned to quarantine them at a military facility in the northern province of Tarlac, but the local officials opposed the plan, expressing concern about the safety of the residents.

“The chief of staff has decided to put the peacekeeping forces in a secluded place, that is an island paradise, but I could not disclose the exact location as of now.

“The soldiers will stay on the island for 21 days as required by the Department of Health, ” he added.

The Philippines recalled the soldiers amid the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, where 6,535 people have been infected by the virus, killing 2,413 of them, according to the most recent data from the World Health Organization, WHO.

WHO said in all the eight affected countries, 13,567 people have been infected since the start of the outbreak last year, with 4,951 deaths reported, mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

(dpa/NAN)

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