MANILA – With the expected repatriation of 148 Filipino peacekeepers from Liberia due to the threat of the Ebola virus, the health department is coming out with proper guidelines and process on how to treat them to ensure that none of them are inflicted with the virus upon their arrival.
According to Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, the peacekeepers will undergo a through examination upon their arrival. They may also have to be quarantined for 2 to 21 days at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
The quarantine is the incubation period of the Ebola virus. There will be no welcome ceremony for the peacekeepers. They will have personal limited contact upon their arrival to make sure that none of them are carrying the virus.
The peacekeepers are expected to be repatriated by the end of October at the end of their tour of duty.
Despite the announced pullout of Filipino peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and Liberia, the DFA said that this will not hurt the Philippines image with the United Nations since Filipino peacekeepers have been serving in the Golan Heights for more than a decade, and more than five years in Liberia.
He said the country can again send Filipino peacekeepers in the two countries once the situation stabilizes.