ArcelorMittal Liberia turns over 60-Bed Ebola holding unit to Nimba County
Yekepa, September 16, 2014 - On Monday, September 15, the management of ArcelorMittal handed over a 60-bed Ebola Unit to the Nimba County Health Team. The first in the County, this unit will serve as both an isolation unit and an Ebola Treatment Center.
The decision to renovate the former eye clinic at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital (GUMH) for the purpose of an Ebola holding center was presented as a request to the ArcelorMittal Liberia management. The Company consented, and has since been working on renovating and refurbishing the unit. In addition to the renovation, the company has provided buckets, mattresses and chlorine to be used in the unit. Full story...
Fula Community Presents Three Pickups to the Ebola Fight;
President Sirleaf Tours Healthcare Facilities in Bong County
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Monday, September 15, 2014) More donations continue to come in support of Government’s fight against the Ebola virus disease, the latest coming from the Fula Community in Liberia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the donation worth almost US$150,000 includes three Nissan pickup trucks, assorted food items and mineral water.
Presenting the donation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, September 15, Fula Governor Alhaji Gaye said the fight against the Ebola virus should be everyone’s business and the donation was a demonstration of this fight.
Governor Alhaji Gaye said they saw it as a compelling need to donate to the fight as the Ebola virus disease knows no special person and noted that together both Liberians and its foreign partners will overcome the disease.
On behalf of the Fula Community in Liberia, Governor Gaye renewed their commitment to cooperating with the Liberian Government in the fight against the Ebola outbreak and all the economic problems associated with it.
He assured President Sirleaf that the Fula Community, most of whom are doing business in the country, will adhere to all government regulations including maintaining stable prices for goods and services and joining the anti-Ebola activities. Full story...
Ghanaian President to Pay Solidarity Visit to Liberia
Monrovia, September 13, 2014: Ghanaian President and the ECOWAS current Chairman John Dramani Mahama will pay an official visit to Liberia on Monday, September 15, 2014.
While in Liberia, the Ghanaian Leader will make a donation of assorted food items to aid Liberia's fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the visit by the Ghanaian leader will also be a show of solidarity by the people of Ghana to Liberia as the country goes through this difficult period.
The release said President Mahama will also meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for a brief bilateral discussion.
The military aircraft carrying the food items arrived in Liberia on Saturday at the Roberts International airport.
The Ghanaian Leader is expected to also pay similar visits to neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea which are also hard hit by the Ebola virus.
World Health Organization Says More hospital beds for Liberia
Doctors and nurses are the people who immediately come to mind as critical to controlling the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. But there are many others whose jobs are no less critical: engineers, architects, plumbers and construction workers.
"One of our greatest challenges is that we urgently need hundreds of additional hospital beds for treatment of patients with Ebola. At present, dozens of people are being turned away from treatment centres every day because they are full - or overfull," says Dr Peter Graaff, WHO Representative in Liberia.
But work is under way to establish Ebola treatment centres to meet that need. One of them – the Island Clinic, in Monrovia – is days away from opening its doors. WHO and its partners have supported construction of this new centre, which will be able to provide treatment for 120 patients at a time. Additional centres for about 400 more patients will be completed in the coming weeks. Full Story...
AU Calls for Urgent Lifting of Travel Bans and Other Restrictions on Ebola Affected Countries
Addis Ababa, September 9, 2014: The African Union has called on all its member states to urgently lift all travel bans imposed on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa. The AU has also called on member states to respect the principles of free movement and urge that any travel related measures should be in line with WHO and ICAO recommendations, which supports proper exit and entry screening procedures at airports, seaports and land crossings instead of travel bans and border closures.
According to a Foreign Ministry dispatch from Ethiopia, the AU at an Emergency Meeting of its Executive Council on the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak held at the Nelson Mandela Conference Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday, September 8, 2014, also decided to take all necessary steps for the rapid establishment of an African Center for Disease Control and encourages ongoing scientific researches on the use of serums and vaccines. The AU said it is also working closely with member states, international and national organizations, African partners with a view to mobilizing adequate resources to respond to the EVD crisis, in the spirit of Africa solidarity and global approach. Full story...
Italy Enhances Liberia’s Ebola Fight; Dispatches Mobile Lab Team, Food, Drugs
Monrovia, September 7, 2014: The Government of Italy has begun enhancing the Liberian Government’s fight against the Ebola virus through several assistance packages to include the dispatching of a mobile laboratory team, additional dispatching of homeopathic Ebola treatment drugs and food.
A Foreign Ministry release discloses that the aid packages followed a series of frantic diplomatic efforts between the Liberian Ambassador to Italy, Ambassador (Dr) Mohamed Sheriff and the Italian Government and other multinational organizations in that European nation. Full story...
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