Motorcyclists in Liberia are using Ebola gears as raincoat

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Govt in Liberia orders arrest of motorcyclists using Ebola gear as raincoat

Motorcyclists in Liberia have been urged to stop using Ebola personal protective equipment (PPE) as raincoats. This appeal was issued by the country’s Deputy Health Minister for Disease, Surveillance and Epidemic Control, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah.

Speaking last week in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County at a ceremony marking the handing over of logistics, infrastructure and assets deployed during the Ebola outbreak response in Liberia to the Government by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), he told the gathering that Liberia’s development partners and friendly nations spent millions of United States dollars to purchase the PPEs for Liberia during the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, and as such it was not prudent for motorcyclists to use them as raincoats.

HealthNewsNG gathered that the minister frowned at motorcyclists who are in the constant habit of using the PPEs as raincoats which he said will not present a good image of Liberia because huge amounts were spent to purchase them for Liberia.

“Our donors will not be happy with us if they continue to see motorcyclists using it as raincoats,” he said.

He urged Liberia National Police officers to arrest and turn over to the Ministry of Justice any motorcyclists caught using the PPEs as raincoats for prosecution.

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Paul is a university lecturer, medical researcher, extensively published author and freelance contributor. He holds a MSc degree in cell biology and genetics, and is a PhD candidate of the University of Ibadan.

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