Parable: The baby that says mama will not sleep, the baby itself will not sleep.
DG ECHO Director Jean-Louis DE Brower Meets President Sirleaf;
Commits the EU’s Support to Eradicating the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the Region
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Thursday, October 30, 2014) President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held discussion with a delegation of the European Union, headed by the Director, Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations (DG ECHO), Jean-Louis DE Brower at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia.
Mr. DE Brower and delegation are on the final leg of a three-nation tour to assess the current status of the Ebola outbreak in the worse affected countries which includes Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Full story...
China's ETU Team, Materials & Equipment Arrive In Liberia
Monrovia, October 27, 2014: Three Chinese special chartered Boeing 747 cargo planes transporting materials and medical equipment for the construction of Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) arrived Sunday morning at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County outside Monrovia.
The ETU, once ready, will be operated and staffed by Chinese doctors and nurses, with the assistance of Liberian health workers.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, an additional batch of materials and medical equipment will arrive on Wednesday, October 29, all constituting the fourth round of assistance by the People's Republic of China to Ebola-hit countries amounting to about US$82 million assistance package to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and other relevant international organizations involved in the fight against the virus.
Earlier, on Saturday evening, an advance team of 15 specialized personnel arrived from China and was received by Foreign Ministry officials led by Deputy Foreign Minister , Amb. Sylvester Grigsby and Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, His Excellency Zhang Yue. Full story...
LPRC Response to LACC allegations
On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission ("LACC") recommended that Honorable T. Nelson Williams, II be charged for violating Section 138 of the PPCC Act, (Offenses Relating to Procurement) because LPRC awarded a Thirteen Million United States Dollars contract to Aminata & Sons for the sale of a Japanese Oil Grant allegedly without conducting a bidding Process.
Based on these LACC allegations, The Ministry of Justice requested and Hon. Williams made himself available for questioning. He was also given the opportunity to provide additional documentation. Full story...
City of Winston-Salem Prepared For Ebola - Medical Aid Pledged To Liberia
City and county agencies are prepared to respond should a local resident exhibit symptoms of Ebola, and Wake Forest Baptist Health and Forsyth Medical Center are donating medical supplies to fight the disease in Liberia, officials said today during a news conference at City Hall. Full story...
Blood Ebola survivors tested as short-term treatment option
If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term
ANTWERP, Belgium, October 23, 2014/ -- An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) (http://www.itg.be) will assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term and provide an urgently needed treatment option for patients in West Africa.
The researchers receive € 2.9 million of European Union (EU) funding to evaluate the safety and efficacy of treatment with blood and plasma made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients. Full story...
Ebola Turnover Ceremony
In early August, 2014, The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, consistent with the obligation of her office, sounded the battle cry against the invading Ebola virus disease, and declared a state of national emergency. The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. promptly responded. Full story...
Liberia's first Ebola private sector group ramps up collective efforts
Monrovia, October 22, 2014 - The private sector in Liberia continues to make good progress in responding to the Ebola epidemic. At the second meeting of the Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG) on Monday, 13 October at the Monrovia City Hall, major companies in Liberia agreed on several measures to strengthen collaboration in support of the fight against the virus. These measures include defining priorities to support the Ebola response within a three-month period, defining in-country capacities of the Group and enhancing coordination through four clusters or thematic areas. Full story...
African Union Chairperson Arrives in Liberia for Official Visit
Monrovia, Wednesday, October 22, 2014: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the head of a 14-member delegation arrives in Liberia on Thursday, October 23, 2014 for a one-day official visit. The visit of the African Union Chairperson to Liberia is part of her tour of the three countries worst affected by the Ebola Virus Disease. The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) Dr. Carlos Lopes is accompanying her on a visit that will take the delegation to Sierra Leone and Guinea. Full story...
U.S. CDC OFFICIAL WARNS AGAINST UNSAFE BURIALS
MONROVIA, October 14 (LINA) - Dr. Frank Mahoney, a medical officer of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said it is advisable to always perform proper burial protocols because the body of an Ebola victim is then highly concentrated with the virus.
According to Dr. Mahoney, when the virus gets released more into secretions such as saliva and sweat that is when it becomes more dangerous. Full story...
SENATE CITES CSA DIRECTOR GENERAL TO APPEAR THURSDAY
MONROVIA, October 14 (LINA) - The Liberian Senate has cited the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to appear on Thursday, October 14, to clarify allegations of a permanent dismissal of non-essential government staff.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the body took the decision Tuesday following the reading of a communication dated October 13 from Senators Geraldine Doe Sheriff of Montserrado and George Tengbeh of Lofa Counties, informing the body of a request by the CSA to government ministries and agencies to submit names of "non-essential staff", to be removed from the payroll permanently. Full story...
Interesting Reading: "Ebola - Bioeconomic Warfare"