Ebola In Monrovia?

first_imgThe Daily Observer has been reliably learned from a credible source that one patient was on Tuesday, March 25, quarantined at the JFK Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia, after health practitioners noticed symptoms of the Ebola virus.Our source, who asked not to be named, said the patient had come from one of those regions in Lofa region, where at least three confirmed Ebola deaths were reported by authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia.Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale and his Deputy, Dr. Bernice Dahn, had told a news conference Monday, March 24, that five of six persons, who recently crossed into Liberia from Guinea, had died from the Ebola virus. They clarified that three of the five died in Liberia, while the other two, upon their return to Guinea, also expired. The sixth is critical and being treated at a health facility in Zorzor, Lofa County.Senior authorities at JFK Medical Center could not be reached for comment as their mobile phones were said to be switched off after we had tried more than five times.GANTA CITY Two suspected Ebola cases were diagnosed at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital on Monday, March 24, and the patients were immediately transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Dr. Claude Monga, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ganta Hospital disclosed.Speaking to a team of journalists on Tuesday, March 25, Dr. Monga revealed the two patients were transferred because the Ganta hospital didn’t have anywhere to keep such patients.He said one of the patients, believed to be a nine-year-old girl, was brought from Guinea and was vomiting and excreting blood, days after she was admitted at the hospital. After discovering her condition, she was immediately transferred.He also noted the other patient didn’t vomit or excrete blood, but had been having persistent fever for the past five days and was also transferred.Dr. Claude said Ebola’s symptoms sometimes take five to ten days before they can actually be identified.He said since there is a possibility of the virus being spread to the nurses, especially those in the Emergency Room/ER, they have been instructed to wear protective gear that covers their entire bodies.“We have warned our nurses in the ER that before admitting any patient the doctor should be contacted because we do not want to mix up suspected cases with other patients,” he said.The news of the spread of Ebola in the Mano River Basin is said to be creating some serious concern among the citizens as well as the medical practitioners in Nimba.The Liberian border with Guinea at Ganta City has the highest amount of road traffic, channeling regular business activities between the two countries 6 days a week.  This makes a Ganta a highly populated economic hub which also connects Southeastern Liberia to the rest of the country. At the Nimba Superintendent’s Induction Ceremony in Sanniquellie on 24th March, the Medical Doctor at George Way Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, Dr. Lorene C. Cooper, called the local government, including members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus to make funding available to set up a center in the county for suspected Ebola patients.She warned the public to be careful with how they interacted with others, especially family members that come down with persistent fevers.“There is nowhere in Nimba to take patients that may come in with this deadly sickness, she added.Despite the alarming news of the virus raging havoc in Guinea, where at least 60 persons have died, our Nimba Correspondent said, Guineans interviewed in Ganta showed very little concern and appeared unaware of the prevailing health situation in their country.“It is only in Liberia, we are hearing about this kind of news,” one of them, who is very frequent across the border, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

David Farhat Gets UL Appointment

first_imgA former minister of Finance, David Farhat, has been appointed as director of the Graduate Program of Business and Public Administration (MBA/MPA) of the University of Liberia (UL).He replaces Assistant Professor Sunny Nyemah who resigned recently, a UL statement issued yesterday said. According to Mr. Farhat’s letter of appointment from UL president Emmet A. Dennis, his assignment took effect March 1, 2015.The new graduate director comes to the nation’s highest institute of learning with considerable academic credentials and years of experience.From 1988-1990, Mr. Farhat served as Minister of Finance, and earlier as Minister of Commerce, Industry and Transportation between 1987 and 1988. His curriculum vitae records four academic degrees including three Masters’ Degrees in Economics, Finance and Accounting from Syracuse University, New York, USA from 1972 to 1979. In 1966, Mr. Farhat graduated from the UL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.Mr. Farhat previously served as Assistant Professor and chairman of the Department of Accounting (1981-1986) teaching advanced courses in Accounting and Taxation, and performed general administration of the department. In 1990, he became professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Public Administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motorcyclist killed in WBD accident

first_imgMotorcyclist Corwin Anderson of Lot 99 David Rose Street, Bagotville, West Bank Demerara was killed on Sunday at about 05:45h following a collision with a car on the Nismes Public Road, West Bank Demerara.Corwin AndersonThe 29-year-old entrepreneur and father of one was reportedly driving motorcycle CG 4337 in a northerly direction when motor car PJJ 6297, travelling in the opposite direction, allegedly collided with him and sent his body flying several feet away from the scene of the collision.Bleeding profusely, he was picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) by public-spirited individuals, where he later succumbed to the injuries he had sustained.According to Sharon Anderson, one of his aunts, having been informed that her nephew had been involved in an accident, she immediately rushed to the WDRH, where she found him bleeding profusely. She has criticised the hospital for not being fully equipped to deal with her relative’s injuries.“He was bleeding [profusely] and the doctor them gotta pumping, trying to get the blood out, because he was actually suffocating…he (was) choking. The doctors had to remove the oxygen from him just to get to clean out (the blood) from the mouth…. If I’m bleeding, by right you should have been able to be replacing that blood… But the fact remains that because (the hospital was) not… equipped, you know, it (cost him his) life,” she told Guyana Times.This aunt detailed that it was at exactly 07:26h when her nephew took his last breath. She said the police arrived at the hospital shortly after, as the driver of the motor car was being treated for minor injuries. He was subsequently discharged into police custody to assist with investigations.The late Corwin Anderson was described as the “street live wire” by relatives and friends, who sought to describe how jovial a person he had been. He leaves to mourn his reputed wife, seven siblings and other relatives and friends. (Ramona Luthi)last_img read more

Bayern need ‘cool heads and hot hearts’ to shock Real: chairman

first_img0Shares0000“Juve are a good example of putting pressure on Real in Madrid,” said Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We need cool heads and hot hearts.” © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBerlin, Germany, Apr 30 – Bayern Munich need “cool heads and hot hearts” if they are to learn from Juventus and pull off an unlikely Champions League victory at Real Madrid, says chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Bayern face an uphill task in Tuesday’s semi-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after losing 2-1 in Munich last Wednesday when a defensive slip let Marco Asensio hit the winner. To compound their problems, Bayern have lost both key defender Jerome Boateng and creative winger Arjen Robben with groin injuries.Nevertheless, the Germans jetted to Madrid on Monday determined to pull off an unlikely win.They can take solace from Juventus who went down fighting with a 3-1 win in Madrid in the quarter-finals after losing 3-0 in Turin, bowing out 4-3 on aggregate.Bayern Munich’s players take part in a training session at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on April 30, 2018 on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg against Real Madrid © AFP / Christof STACHE“Juve are a good example of putting pressure on Real in Madrid,” said Rummenigge.“We need cool heads and hot hearts.”Defender Niklas Suele, who will step in for Boateng at centre-back, added: “It’s a difficult starting position, but we trust ourselves to do it.“It will be important to switch well between attack and defence.“We also did well against (Cristiano) Ronaldo (who failed to score) in the first leg.”– Pressure to score –Rummenigge says the loss of Boateng and Robben gives their replacements the chance to step up and shine.“Boateng and Robben will not make the trip and we can’t change that,” said Rummenigge.Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery takes part in a training session at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on April 30, 2018 on the eve of the Champions League semi-final second-leg against Real Madrid © AFP / Christof STACHE“I think lamenting makes no sense, we have other players who can step in.“When I look at the development of Niklas Suele, that’s been top notch.“Whoever stands on the pitch will have to go to their limits if we want to be successful.”Bayern must score at least two goals to have any chance of reaching the final on May 26 in Kiev.“We’re confident,” said right-back Joshua Kimmich, who scored in the first leg.“We did not play at our top level and still had some chances.“The aim is to score two goals and conceding wouldn’t change much.”In the first leg, the Germans were kicking themselves for converting just one of their 17 shots on goal, compared to Real’s seven, two of which Marcelo and Asensio put away.“We will get some chances and when we get them, we will have to use them,” said Bayern president Uli Hoeness.Rummenigge defended Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski, who was criticised in the German media for struggling in front of goal in the first leg.Bayern Munich must do without injured central defender Jerome Boateng at the Bernabeu © AFP/File / Christof STACHE“I find this discussion ridiculous, as we all actually find it ridiculous at Bayern Munich,” fumed Rummenigge, a former striker.“He has scored 39 goals again this year and we are glad that he is with us and that next year he will play with us.”Rummenigge pointed to legendary Bayern striker Gerd Mueller, who scored 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany in the 1970s. “He (Lewandowski) is a goal machine and I can remember Gerd Mueller for example, who is the number one in all (goal) statistics, not only at Bayern Munich, but throughout Germany.“He also had eight or ten games in which things did not work out, where he didn’t play the way he wanted to.“But then, there are days when you score two or three times.“I hope he (Lewandowski) has a day like that tomorrow.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more