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Prison Watch trains senior police officers

Prison Watch Sierra Leone has with support from DIGNITY (Danish Institute Against Torture) ended a day training on COVID-19 response for senior police officers in Bo city. The training at the WAN Word Link Conference Hall, Matru Road in Bo brought together senior cadre police officers from the south and east of the country.

Giving the rationale of the training, the Head of Office at Prison Watch Sierra Leone, John Lansana Coker said the training was conducted under a project titled: “Torture Prevention and Human Rights Protection through Monitoring and Knowledge Generation”.

He stated that the intervention is part of the organization’s response in the fight against the COVID-19 that is ravaging the world, including Sierra Leone.

“This training of senior police officers emanated from the training we had with junior police officers earlier this year. With this request, we had to go back to our donors and from our report and discussion, they decided to fund this training,” he said.

Mr. Coker called on the police officers to take the training seriously, adding that with increase knowledge on the virus, they will be able to prevent themselves, family, and the society as a whole.

“We all know that police officers are not health workers but they are at the center stage of the battle. They are responsible to provide security to quarantine homes, treatment centers and they come in contact with the public on daily basis. Capacitating the security forces on the virus is critical in the fight against the disease,” Coker stated.

In his presentation, Dr. Aian Wurie said Corona Virus has been around for hundreds of years and that the virus has seven types with four common ones that can cause mild and moderate fever and other symptoms.

“COVID-19 has a lower mortality rate than other novel coronaviruses and some people can have the virus but will not notice it. People with strong immune system have the tendency to survive the disease while people with other related disease like, diabetes, Cancer and old people are likely to die of the disease,” he stated.

He continue further that the disease can also be transmitted by touching of surfaces or objects that has the virus on it, adding that it spreads mainly by close contact with one another through droplets when and infected person cough or sneezes.

Head of training of the Sierra Leone police, AIG Sahr Richard Marka, thanked Prison Watch and DIGNITY for providing the funds for the training.

He said there is every need to have senior police officers trained on COVID-19 response in the country because they command very important roles in the organization.

Sierra Leone recorded it index case of COVID-19 on March 31, 2020 and has gone to record over one thousand cases, sixty four deaths since the inception. Over One thousand people have so far recovered from the disease and the disease is present in every district of the country.


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