As part of efforts to increase monitoring of Ebola Contacts within hotspot communities in Montserrado County, National Volunteers’ Supervisors and Monitors of the UNDP Supported Montserrado Community Based Initiative have been issued new ZTE V795 dual SIM smart-phones to enhance monitoring and supervision of Active Case Finders in the field.
The phones, issued to 50 Supervisors and 18 Monitors are to be used for effective and efficient data collection and processing. The new ZTE V795 dual SIM smart-phones are loaded with various applications that allow effective collection and uploading of data from Active Case Finders working within over 7 Districts in Montserrado County. Supervisors and Monitors from five (5) districts including #s 4, 6, 7 (West Point), 15 and 16 were served.
By Eugene K. Myers (With Support from IREX)
Plenary of the Liberian Senate yesterday unanimously voted to adopt a report from its joint Committees on Health and Education, which calls for the rescheduling of the opening of learning institutions across the country to March, 2, 2015, instead of the earlier widely criticized February 2nd date issued by the Government at the inception of the year.
Academic activities in the country were suspended last year, due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has claimed than 3,000 lives, and orphaned 3,000 others.
If the decision by the upper house of the Liberian Legislature is approved by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, this could mean that schools will not reopen next Monday, February 2, 2015 as previously scheduled by the Ministry of Education.
Presenting the report the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman of Grand Kru County, said the Ministry of Education only achieved one out of twenty-three of the measures that should have been undertaken before resuming normal classes.
-Islamic Women Urged To Celebrate
By A. Omaska Mark
As part of celebrations marking this year’s World Hijab Day, which falls on February 1st, a day established by Nazma Khan, with the intent of encouraging Muslim and non-Muslim women to wear Hijab and experience as a demonstration of their faithfulness to God, a local Islamic organization has planned a one day Dawah program on the importance of religious obligation.
According to an executive of the organization, Mamawa Lumeh, this will be the first time for the observance of the day in Liberia, and as expected, Muslim women in the country will simultaneously join their counterparts in 116 countries around the world for the celebrations.
By Eugene K. Myers
The National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB) through its Chairman Henry B. Garneo II., has called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to protect children’s inalienable rights to life and strengthened the enforcement of the anti-rape law.
The youth group call was contained in a strongly worded statement issued Wednesday, January 28, 2015, over the death of a 12-year-old rape victim, Musu Fofana, who died recently of rape in Monrovia.
According to the NCYAB Chairman, weaknesses in enforcing the law continued to leave many children especially girls vulnerable to gruesome rape and other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse.
He said the failure of the state to ensure the security of little Musu and other diseased children including Angel Togba, Sharkie Kamara contravened Article 5.1-3 of the African Chatter on the Rights Welfare of a Child.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Wednesday, January 28, received in audience, Mr. Samuel Kanyon Doe, Jr., son of slain Liberian President, Gen. Samuel K. Doe, Sr., when he paid her a courtesy call at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, receiving Mr. Doe, Jr., a defeated Candidate in the December, 2014 nation-wide Mid-term Senatorial Election for Grand Gedeh County, the Liberian leader shared thoughts on issues of governance, development, peace and reconciliation.
President Sirleaf stressed that it is imperative that all Liberians irrespective of their differences get involved with the process of rebuilding the country and find ways to foster peace, unity and reconciliation among all Liberians.
She pointed out that her Government is opened to all qualified Liberians who are willing to contribute by joining the governance process, thus consolidating efforts aimed at bringing much needed development to the country and its people.
-World Bank Group’s Boss, Kim
The president of the World Bank Group, has outlined the organization’s vision for the private and public sectors to work together to lessen the potential for risks,
saying, the world is “dangerously unprepared” for future pandemics.
According to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, insurance companies, governments, multi-lateral organizations, corporations and international donors worked together to build a system that would help all countries prepare for potentially catastrophic health disasters.
“The Ebola outbreak has been devastating in terms of lives lost and the loss of economic growth in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Kim told an audience at Georgetown University, adding, “we need to make sure that we get to zero cases in this Ebola outbreak. At the same time, we need to prepare for future pandemics that could become far more deadly and infectious than what we have seen so far with Ebola. We must learn the lessons from the Ebola outbreak because there is no doubt we will be faced with other pandemics in the years to come.”
-Liberia Tightens Diplomatic Ties With China, Egypt
On the margins of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU), taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Liberian delegation on Monday, January 26, 2015 held productive discussions with representatives of the governments of China and Egypt.
In two separate sideline -meetings, the head of Liberia’s delegation to this year’s African Union Summit, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and his counterparts from Egypt and China discussed wide range of issues focusing on the deepening of bilateral ties and support to Liberia in its fight against Ebola.
The meetings also produced commitments of support from the two countries to Liberia’s post-Ebola recovery efforts.
In his meeting with His Excellency Zhang Ming, Vice Foreign Minister and Special Envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Ngafuan extolled China’s extraordinary demonstration of solidarity with the Government and people of Liberia during the Ebola crisis, which he said distinguished China as one of Liberia’s “all-weather friends”.
-Ends Assessment Visit
The head of the Great Britain based international humanitarian organization, Oxfam, Mark Goldring, has ended a 4-day assessment visit to Liberia, promising to lobby with the international community for support for the country following the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Mr. Goldring, speaking Wednesday in Monrovia at the close of his visit to the country, said Liberia deserves a high level of international assistance to rebuild and improve the lives of the citizens.
According to him, seeing and understanding the work of the Liberian people and international organizations, including Oxfam, in tackle the Ebola outbreak, working with his colleagues to see how Oxfam can continue its support to recovery efforts, and acquiring an opportunity to tell the story of Liberia to the wider world, as a means of soliciting more international donor support as the country recovers from the Ebola crisis, were cardinal reasons for his visit..
-At One-Day Retreat In Bomi Today
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will host heads of State-owned Enterprises (SoEs), Commissions and Agencies at a one-day retreat in Julijuah, Bomi County on Friday, January 30, 2015.
According to an Executive Mansion release, participants will include Cabinet Ministers, Heads of SoEs, Deputy Heads of SoEs, Commissioners, Director-Generals and Deputy Director-Generals, Board Chairpersons and Members.
They are expected to discuss challenges and expectations of what each institution would hope to achieve over the next three years of this administration.
-Barsi-Giah Gets Red Card
Perhaps frustrated over the poor financial, administrative and moral performances of some of her appointed officials, especially the most recent dare devil action of Deputy Information Minister for Technical Servises, Rixck Barsi-Giah, in which he is reported to have admitted to having rained insults on his boss, Lewis G. Brown, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has accordingly dismissed the former from his post with immediate effect.