The five-year-old son of the woman who died last Thursday from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed positive with the virus.The boy (name withheld), along with three others, is being given supported treatments at the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) II Ebola treatment unit (ETU), which presently has a 60-bed capacity, should the number of cases in this new outbreak increase.The other three, including the sister of the boy’s deceased 30-year-old mother and his two siblings, are suspected of having the virus, because of their direct interactions with the index case, who died last Thursday, March 31, while en-route to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a densely populated suburb of Monrovia. The three are still yet unconfirmed as having the virus.Health Minister Dr. Bernice T. Dahn said in a statement that the 30-year-old woman’s “blood specimens were taken and tested positive for Ebola.” She also said investigations are “ongoing to identify the source of transmission and the line-listing of contacts,” and called on Liberians and foreign residents to not panic as health authorities are doing everything possible to contain the new outbreak.Along with the four under observation, at least 46 contacts, including 13 healthcare workers, who worked at a clinic in Jacob Town, Monrovia, where the 30-year-old woman sought treatment before her death, are now being observed and monitored. The healthcare workers at the clinic are under what authorities at the Ministry of Health termed “voluntary precautionary observation (VPO).” According to Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, and the Ministry’s Communications Director, Sorbor George, the temperature of the healthcare providers are being tested every morning and evening.George said they are being kept at a “safe place far from their families and friends so that they don’t contaminate others, just in case.”Nyenswah disclosed that at least 99 percent of the contacts that the victim might have come in contact with prior to her death are now being traced and that ordinary Liberians need not be afraid “as the MOH now has all the capabilities including rapid response to bring any outbreak of the transmission under control.”He told our Health Correspondent that the Ministry is suspecting that this present outbreak is an “imported one,” as the lady’s history shows that she entered Liberia on March 21 from neighboring Guinea. According to Mr. George, they understand that the lady’s husband had recently died of the virus in neighboring Guinea, which is battling a resurgence of the deadly virus that has now claimed several lives.Minister Nyenswah further disclosed that the official Liberian borders with Guinea were closed on the day the lady and her three children entered the country. He added, “So, she didn’t come through any of the official border posts.”He, along with his Communications Director, quoting the World Health Organization (WHO), stated that the EVD outbreak in West Africa is no longer a public health threat. However, Minister Nyenswah has cautioned every Liberian and others residing in the country to revert to all the Ebola protocols, including constant washing of hands, avoiding body contacts with others as much as possible, etc. Minister Nyenswah said the Health Ministry is not taking this single case lightly as one confirmed case is enough to create an epidemic. Liberia was last declared free from the EVD transmissions on January 14. It was first declared EVD-transmission free on May 9, 2015, but new cases emerged subsequently, forcing health partners to restart the clock each time.Following the Ebola-transmission free declaration in May 2015, the nation entered a 90-day period of heightened surveillance aimed at preventing a future reemergence of the disease. Unfortunately, the nation has reported more than two new outbreaks.WHO has recorded the latest deaths and summed up Liberia’s Ebola death tally to 4,809 since March 2014. It also said at least 10,675 persons have been affected with the virus in Liberia.However, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced early last week Ebola is no longer a public health threat of international concern, because the three worst affected countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have the full capacity to effectively manage any resurgence of the transmission as evidenced in the last two flare-ups in the countries.The MOH has called communities to remain vigilant to report to their respective leaders and health care-givers any person/s showing signs and symptoms of Ebola and any deaths in their communites, or call 4455 with any concerns and information.“Always protect yourself, family and community,” Minister Dahn urged.In another development, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has conveyed a consignment of health-related items to the MOH, donated by Liberians residing in the U.S. donated to his office in Monrovia, are worth US$700,000. Making the presentation on Friday at the Ministry’s Congo Town office, VP Boakai said the donation seeks to help in the building of a resilient health care system. He also spoke of the many goodwill gestures that are shortly expected in the country to boost the country’s health system.Some donated items were surgical lights, hospital beds, walkers, bedpans and food items among others. Sorbor George, who received the items on behalf of Minister Dahn, lauded the Vice President and all those associated with the donation. He promised that the items would be used for the intended purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…while previous lease still validMembers of a co-op society are calling for the repossession of lands at Trafalgar, West Coast Berbice (WCB), which were leased by the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary – Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) back in 2006 and then permission was inexplicably given for persons to operate on the land, even though the previous lease was still valid.Head of the Co-op Society and Councillor of the Region Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Lloyda Angus explained that the lease was granted for persons to utilise three plots of land after registering with the Friendly Society Organisation. Shares were sold and 30 persons obtained a spot to conduct economic and agricultural activities. The lease was valid for some 50 years.“We formed ourselves into a co-operative where we sold shares and we embarked on projects like beekeeping, poultry, sewing and so on. That lease was valid for 50 years and I signed as the lessee,” she explained.However, in 2015, the office was visited by a group of APNU supporters, who demanded that she hand over the key to the building, indicating that they would be the new occupants. Angus said she was also told to relinquish the lease documents.“In 2015, the APNU supporters said they’re coming to break the office unless I give the present persons that are there the keys. With the threats I received, I choose to leave. In the process, they also called the police. Until this day, those things are still at the Fort Wellington Police Station,” the Councillor related.Angus stated that in 2018, the MMA-ADA then gave the land to the Food For The Poor organisation for houses to be constructed for persons within the community. Last December, the matter was heard in the High Court, where Justice Navindra Singh ruled that that the present occupants are trespassing.“The MMA-ADA cannot do that. As the lessee, only I can give permission in writing for someone to use the land. An official there was the one who give them permission to use the land even though he wasn’t supposed to do so.”However, the attorney representing the co-op society offered to settle the matter by having an election with the two parties.“On December 12, 2018, this matter was heard and Justice Singh told the occupants that they are trespassing. The attorney said to us that in order for us to regain possession of this land, we must go for an election, forming an interim committee with the illegal occupants,” she said.It was indicated that the shareholders have been paying monies to the MMA-ADA for the past three years, but yet, they cannot access the land. The Councillor told this publication that they are seeking to regain possession of the land, which is now occupied by trespassers. She reminded that the lease is still valid. Efforts by this newspaper to contact officials of the MMA- ADA for a comment on the matter were futile.Head of the Co-op Society Lloyda Angus
Former parliamentarian Harry Gill, along with other members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), was on Monday attacked while erecting elections campaign flags at Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice.PPP Executive Member Harry GillThe incident, which was captured on camera, shows persons verbally abusing and physically blocking the team as they attempted to place the flags on the utility poles.Gill, in an invited comment to Guyana Times, stated that a formal Police report will be filed and that the international community will be informed of the incident.This was only one instance where party members were verbally abused. Only recently, several PPP supporters were attacked and abused in Laing Avenue, Georgetown by residents as they were announcing the launch of its elections campaign.In light of the recent attacks, the Party had written to Police Commissioner Leslie James, asking for swift actions to be taken against supporters of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, who attacked opposition members and destroyed the party’s impedimenta.AttackerThe letter was sent by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall on behalf of the Party, which detailed that on January 2, a motor lorry carrying a music system and several party activists was driving through Sophia, Greater Georgetown.However, Nandlall noted that they were making public announcements regarding the launch of the PPP’s elections campaign set for today at Alexander Street, Kitty, Georgetown, when they were attacked.“While in Sophia, several known PNC/APNU activists led by Ms Laurene Nestor, blocked the streets and started to hurl missiles at the lorry and its occupants and threatening them with violence were they to continue these announcements within the locality of Sophia,” the letter stated.Meanwhile, Nandlall revealed that a report of that incident was made at the Prashad Nagar Police Outpost on the evening of the incident.
Mayor of Dawson Creek, Dale Bumstead said the city and council should wait on making a formal decision about the district’s proposal until the Regional District has decided if they are building their own treatment facility in the North Peace.That decision could be made by the end of January 2015. The PRRD will ask residents using the alternate approval process if they can borrow funds to build a treatment facility.As it stands today, North Peace rural residents will not have a place to dispose of raw sewage after December 31, 2014 and it could be several months before a solution is in place. The closure will come into effect January 1, 2015 and is a result of improper dumping and other issues that had left Fort St. John vulnerable in their compliance with Federal Waste Water Regulations.Chief Administrative Officer of the PRRD, Chris Cvik calls the proposed partnership with Dawson Creek “Plan B”, as they’re also preparing to potentially build their own multi-million dollar sewage system, with facilities in the South Peace and Charlie Lake.The PRRD estimates 60,000 cubic metres of raw sewage comes from the North Peace each year, and if approved, the district hopes to have their own sewage system operating by the spring of 2016.- Advertisement -“We are exploring different options with respect to what if [the public disapproves a new sewage system], and one of those was to contact member of municipalities,” Cvik goes on to say. “We’re also looking to see if the Charlie Lake site can be used as a temporary facility as well. So we are trying to look at some different options – one of them was to partner with Dawson Creek.”When asked how much the excess distance of transferring waste would cost and where the money would come from, Cvik said, “That’s an important question,” but struggled to give a specific number, attributing the unknown price tag to the uncertainty of Dawson Creek’s final decision.In a report presented to Dawson Creek City Council on Monday, Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Sustainable Development, Shawn Dahlen concedes “many rural residents in the South and North Peace depend on sewage handling facilities to take their domestic sewer,” but concludes “at this time the City of Dawson Creek will not be accepting new customers until… the Peace River Regional District has mitigated the City of Dawson Creek’s risks.”Advertisement
Queens Park Rangers legend Rodney Marsh believes it may be time for Rio Ferdinand to hang up his boots and retire from football.Ex-Manchester United star Ferdinand signed a one-year deal for the West London side this summer after being released by Manchester United.But, only seven games into his Loftus Road career, Ferdinand is being criticised by fans and the media, with Harry Redknapp’s side rock bottom of the Premier League with the worst goal difference in the top-flight.Speaking to Extra Time, Marsh said: “The players had a lot to answer for on Sunday [against West Ham] but, for me, Rio Ferdinand looked like he played in diver’s boots. He’s had one year too many for me. If he carries on like this for the next ten games, it won’t salvage his season.“It’s probably all over for Rio. He’s a great, great player but at the moment, he’s really, really struggling.”