Fighting Ebola Again

first_imgThe unknown, menacing monster is upon us again. The only thing we know about it is that it kills and disrupts the lives of people and society.Our Health Correspondent, Alaskai Moore Johnson, has written about the new Ebola attack on Cowfield, Du Port Road. Several members of the Gbotee family have been afflicted, beginning with their son, Nathan, who has now died, followed by Nathan, Sr., and most probably the mother. Young Nathan succumbed to the disease on Monday, November 23rd after being diagnosed EVD positive on November 19th.The Ministry of Health (MOH), led by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh, acted swiftly by transferring the father, son and other close family members to the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit to undergo treatment and observation. A key point our readers missed in Alaskai’s story is how did young Nathan catch the virus? It most certainly was not through sex, because he was only 10. So what happened? Did he come in contact with an infected person? Who was that, and where did the person come from? Where did he or she go? If it was from a person, it is imperative to find that person, otherwise he or she would go on spreading the virus to unsuspecting others, and soon, the disease would be full blown in Liberia again. That would be a dangerous set back for a country still reeling from the economic and psychosocial impact of Ebola, which was devastating.We think the MOH should, while dealing urgently with the cases at hand, attach equal urgency to finding the source of this new outbreak and bring it quickly under control before it spreads further.In addition, MOH should make immediate contact with all the other survivors to ensure that they are experiencing no after effects or recurrence of the disease; in which case, they should be called in immediately and served the countermeasures that will immediately contain the disease and prevent it from spreading further.In addition, MOH and the Incident Management Unit should resume, as a matter of urgency, the reinstitution of all preventive measures—hand-washing, observing strict hygiene in homes, neighborhoods and around the country. Now that MOH no longer has “social welfare” under its umbrella, whichever agency of government responsible for sanitation—most likely Public Works and Water and Sewer—should get busy and start cleaning up every nook and cranny of the country and, of course, getting all the county, city and town administrators and leaders involved in this urgent exercise, so as to prevent the disease from spreading throughout the country again.We have seen banks in Monrovia maintaining the practice of hand-washing before admitting customers to their premises; but we do not see the same thing in government offices and schools, nor do we see homes continuing strictly to observe the hand-washing practice. A few homes are still doing it, yes, but so many have stopped, and this may be the reason people are being continually exposed to the virus.It is certainly easy for us to resettle into our old habits of avoiding strict hygiene; but given the terrible experiences we have had with this menacing epidemic, it is advisable for every citizen and resident to behave as though the virus is still with us—indeed it is, as we have seen with the Cowfield family—and observe every measure to satisfy ourselves that we are doing our part to repel (drive back, fend off) this deadly virus.What else can we say? Perhaps there is one more thing that the Ministry of Health and the entire government and people of Liberia may do to keep our country safe. We need to put up our guard, our searchlight, whatever, to detect the source—any source—of this Ebola virus. Where is it coming from, who, if anyone, is visiting us with this deadly virus and how, and do everything possible to drive it from our country and people.Otherwise, if there is anyone that is involved, that person or group of persons or nation or group of nations will always strike us with it – just when we seem to be recovering and trying to regain our stability and make progress in Liberia.Our scientists, our security apparatus and every individual Liberian—all of us— should keep our eyes wide open and take nothing for granted, if we must keep this lethal menace at bay and drive it far from our shores. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Immigration officers benefit from customer service training

first_imgScores of officers attached to the Immigration Department of the Guyana Police Force benefitted from the first session of a five-month training entitled “Delivering Quality Service” organised by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with The Caribbean Tourism Organisation.The training, held between April 2 and 4, focused on educating and empowering officers who interact with travellers and visitors in the areas of customer service, visitors’ welcome and hospitality techniques.The training was also organised with the aim of improving first impressions and the overall quality of a visitor’s experience at all of Guyana’s international ports of call.Officers from various ports of entry and departments within the Immigration Department, including Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Eugene F Correia International Airport, Moleson Creek, Criminal Investigation Department, Parika and Immigration Headquarters participated in the three-day course which was held at the Officers Training Centre at Eve Leary, Georgetown.Deputy Director of the GTA, Carla Chandra explained that the training was designed to raise awareness of the importance of customer service and hospitality in Guyana and the impact it has on incoming travellers and citizens returning home.“The training created an understanding of the role each individual play in delivering quality service, the importance of first impressions, and the value of each individual’s personal brand, impact and attitude. This initiative is helping to boost the quality of service at our various ports of entry, passport office and police clearance office and immigration staff as a whole,” She stated.Additionally, the training was facilitated by trainer and owner of Solution Pro Group Inc, Marlon George along with Deborah Clementson from the Travel Industry Development and Operations Division within the GTA.The GTA encourages those persons who are interested in an upcoming tourism-based training in May through August 2019 to contact Davina Layne at 219-0091 or davina@guyanatourism.com for more information as the agency stays committed to elevating Guyana’s tourism sector.last_img read more

BC Transit celebrates 30 years in Fort St. John

first_imgB.C. Transit is celebrating a 30-year service milestone in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -The transit system in B.C. is unique in comparison to the rest of Canada, says B.C. Transit Chief Operating Officer Mike Davis. Davis says the province aids individual communities with nearly half of the cost of providing transit. He also says that B.C. transit has 81 transit agreements in 58 different communities across the province.The transit authority carried more than 130,000 passengers last year. Davis attributes the ridership increase to a change in the bus routes, as well as an increased awareness of the transit system.North Peace MLA Pat Pimm says despite the increase in ridership, he still feels the system is underutilized.Acting Mayor Dan Davies says one of the ways the City is trying to increase transit awareness is through the “Music that Moves You” program. The program allows residents to ride the bus for free on certain days of the year, while local musicians perform.The transit system in Fort St. John began in 1981 with three buses at a time when residents only had to pay 40 cents per ride. Since then, the fleet has increased by two buses and the fare has increased to $1.50 for an adult.Advertisement Photo: (From left) Acting Mayor Dan Davies, B.C. Transity COO Mike Davis and North Peace MLA Pat Pimm celebrated B.C. Transit’s thirtieth anniversary in the Fort St. John./Kimberley Molina B.C. Transit also began offering handyDart service in 1996, which provides door-to-door transit for residents with mobility issues.last_img read more