38 Deaths in 3 Days: Ebola Wreaks Havoc in Lofa

first_imgThe Ebola virus is taking a deadly toll on the northern county of Lofa where the deadly disease initially crossed over from neighboring Guinea.  More and more people in that county continue to be victimized by the virus.In a statistical report provided by the Lofa Health Team on the status of the situation in the county, made available to the Daily Observer Wednesday, August 13, there were 38 deaths recorded in three days.  These include confirmed Ebola cases, probable and suspected. This report covers the three-day period August 8 to 11, 2014. The number of new contact cases within this period (August 8-11) stands at 81.The total deaths in the county since May 29, 2014 to date stands at 221. Lofa is so far one of the most highly affected counties.The update also disclosed that the number of patients presently at the Foya Care Center (August 8-11), one of the two Ebola centers in the country, stands at 81.New reported death amongst health workers (August 8-11) is one, totaling 12 deaths since the outbreak in May.During this period, 45 specimens were taken and tested: 15 were positive, 8 negative and the rest are still pending.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading in the country, especially to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.”  Such instructions include constant hand washing; avoiding handshakes and touching in general; immediate reporting of cases of high fever, vomiting and bleeding; and avoiding touching anyone suspected to have the virus.Meanwhile it is being reported that nine members of a single family of 15 were being removed from the Macenta road community, in the capital Voinjama, to the Foya Care Center. This is, however, another worrying concern for the people of Voinjama City, as it wrestles in the grip of the virus.Macenta road community is located just after the Mandingo quarter where eight persons died few days ago, and is also a predominantly Mandingo community.According to sources, six members of this family of 15 had already died from the virus. The nine remaining family members were being taken to the Foya Care Center.President Sirleaf, while declaring a State of Emergency last week, said the Ebola threat continues to grow as a result of ignorance, poverty as well as entrenched religious and cultural practices. She indicated that these continue to exacerbate the spread of the disease, especially in the counties.The Liberian President added that actions allowed by statute under the public health law are no longer adequate to deal with the Ebola epidemic, as comprehensively and holistically, as the outbreak requires.The President noted that the scope and skills of the epidemic now exceed the capacity and statutory mandates of any one government agency or ministry. The Ebola virus disease, and the ramifications and the consequences thereof, now constitute an outright national calamity.Health authorities in Lofa County said due to the influx of suspected cases, patients are now being transported in pickup trucks, which have no sirens, rather than the ambulances, whose sirens are causing a lot of trauma for residents.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Ebola Situation Report (SitRep) has recorded that since the outbreak of the virus in March to August 11, at least 149 confirmed deaths from 166 confirmed positive victims.Among the 149 have been 37 health workers out of 86, who now fallen prey to the virus.However, the SitRep lists total deaths in confirmed, probable and suspected cases as 355, for the record.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stricter monitoring of foreign enterprises needed – trade unions

first_imgIt is time for the Department of Labour, and by extension, the Government, to investigate and remedy the conditions some employees are forced to endure when working at mining sites.General Secretary of GTU Coretta McDonaldThis was the call of General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Coretta McDonald, who said that the Government of Guyana must not allow foreign companies operating locally to disregard the rights of Guyanese workers.“I am saying this has got to stop. And I think that the time is now when we will have to…put some pressure on our administration so that these things can change. Employers must respect the right to collective bargaining, they must respect the rights for association, and they must have respect for the union that is there to bargain for the workers.”She stated that the low wages and unlawful dismissals of workers have rippling effects on families and more so on school-aged children who belong to those affected families. When such negativities occur they more often than not affect the attendance and/or completion of studies for those children, McDonald noted.“I would want to call the Department of Labour to ask them to very quickly send their folks to see under which conditions they (miners) are working. Even though we have been working under these conditions, there is nobody there who is saying you know these workers work for long hours. These workers are working under conditions that are not proper,” the GTU Secretary said.GAWU General Secretary Seepaul NarineMeanwhile, President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU), Lincoln Lewis, explained that the administration was voted in office to protect the rights of all citizens and the rights of workers in the mining industry should not be sidelined.Additionally, General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine posited that the recent actions of the Bauxite Company of Guyana (BCGI) to dismiss over 90 workers without any regard to laws and conventions in Guyana must not be overlooked by the administration.GB&GWU President Lincoln LewisHe pointed out that the company seems to be following a trend that other foreign enterprises in Guyana have set over the last few years.“An almost similar approach was embraced by the Malaysian-owned Demerara Timbers Limited (DTL), the DTL in 2016 had moved to dismiss a number of workers after they took part in a protest exercise outside that company’s head office in Kingston, Georgetown…in 2017 there were certain breaches by the Canadian-owned company. The Union, at that time, had also expressed concern that workers were not being granted any pay rises…also concerns being expressed in the media regarding employees employed with El Dorado Offshore (EDO), another foreign enterprise involved in the oil sector, who could be fired were they to disclose their working conditions,” Narine added.The General Secretary added that while GAWU is not averse to foreign investment, it has justifiable concerns regarding the practices and ploys embraced by some foreign enterprises operating locally and while the public announcements made by the administration on such issues are welcomed, it needs to do more than speak, it needs to act.last_img read more

A HAPPY ‘TAIL’ AS TESS IS FOUND!

first_imgJust fifteen minutes after we sent out an SOS, Tess the black and white springer spaniel has been found.Tess has been found after our SOSThe family pet went missing in the Glencar Scotch area of Letterkenny just after 6.30pm this evening.Her owner Chris Toal contacted us and asked us to put the word out on missing Tess. Just a few minutes ago Chris came back to us with some great news.“Within 15 minutes of the story going on your website we got a call from a lovely woman to say she had seen Tess recently in the Windmill View area.“We drove there and spotted her – thanks to your website and your quick response to get the message out. I really appreciate it,” said Chris.We’re happy to oblige Chris and just delighted that you got Tess back safe and sound. Dog gone – that story had one happy ending!A HAPPY ‘TAIL’ AS TESS IS FOUND! was last modified: June 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DOGfoundletterkennymissingTesslast_img read more