Liberia Dedicates U$6M Emergency Operating Center

first_imgAs part of the rebuilding of Liberia’s health system following the Ebola outbreak, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned over a newly erected Emergency Operating Center to the Ministry of Health (MOH).The center is located opposite the MOH and adjacent to the TB Annex at 72nd Junction. It is meant to enhance collection of data and information about Ebola and other life threatening diseases.According to CDC Country Director, Desmond Williams, the center will be a place to train health workers to be adequately prepared for outbreaks and surveillance.He said prior to dedicating the center yesterday, about 30 health workers were trained there in Epidemiology.Mr. Williams said at a press briefing that CDC spent US$6 million to erect the structure.He also indicated that US$75.7 million has been invested in the counties for operation of emergency centers.In separate remarks, US Ambassador Deborah Malac and officials at the Centers for Disease Control said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program provided US$100 million toward the fight against Ebola in West Africa.Ambassador Malac said the newly dedicated center is now the final home of the Emergency Operating Center having operated in a temporary facility in Sinkor for a year and a half.A representative of CDC, Jeffrey Bryant, in his remarks expressed delight over the construction of the center and attributed the success to the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.He said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program was very timely in responding to their request for help to West Africans affected by Ebola when they at CDC expressed the need for a quick emergency response and intervention to the outbreak.Also making remarks, Brennan Banks, Deputy Director for Programs at the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program said the center has several pieces of equipment, including computers which will help Liberian medical personnel to quickly respond to data gathering and training of local staff to address disease outbreaks.He hoped that the center will be an establishment of excellence for all Liberians to benefit.In her words of gratitude to the US Government, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn said the erection of the center is in compliance with the consensus reached with partners to revitalize the health sector.Dr. Dahn said the Ministry has developed nine pillars, among which are the erection of the Emergency Operating Center, training of competent health workers, establishment of public health facilities and information gathering and data collection.She underscored that the US Government has been working along with the Ministry of Health in implementing the plan to rebuild the collapsed health system.The support is evidenced by the establishment of Emergency Operating Centers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties, said Dr. Dahn.She further indicated that the dedication of the center put government under obligation to make budgetary allotment for its operations.Meanwhile, the CDC also pledged to support government through the Ministry of Health to ensure that technical equipment and training are provided to get Liberia prepared for any emergencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMORE than €10 million of damage has been caused in Donegal’s horrific gorse fires in recent days.Farms and crops have been wiped out as well as substantial damage to infrastructure across the county including Ardara, Dungloe, Fanad, Buncrana, Ballyshannon and Falcarragh.With more than 100 firefighters working around the clock, there are also genuine fears that many will be left with hefty bills from Donegal County Council for the clean-up. Newly re-elected Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has now called on the government to provide a substantial compensation package for those badly damaged by the gorse fires in west Donegal.Gortahork-based Senator O’Domhnaill revealed he was part of the army of volunteers who tackled the gorse fire infernos.“The fires that raged through parts of Dungloe, Ardara, Glenties and the Muckish mountains have caused millions of euro worth of damage to land, infrastructure and livestock,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“Over the past 48 hours I have been out assisting in the rescue effort and have seen first-hand the extent of the devastation, with thousands of acres of farmland destroyed. “Entire farms have been wiped out, crops and newly cut turf have been ruined, animals have been injured, and important fencing and other pieces of infrastructure have been severely damaged. All of this has had a serious impact on the livelihoods of many local people.“Thanks to the enormous efforts of the fire service, the defence forces and local volunteers, the fires have largely been brought under control.“The joint effort has been remarkable and I wish to pay tribute to the hundreds of people involved. But the attention has now turned to the impact of this disaster on the local economy.“I believe every support must be given to the communities affected so that they can regain what they have lost over the past number of days.“I am calling on the Environment Minister Phil Hogan and the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to come to Donegal to see for themselves the extent of the damage caused. Hopefully they will then realise that the farmers and landowners who have lost so much must be provided with compensation from the State. “There is no time to delay on this issue. Without State support it will be extremely difficult for the communities affected to recover,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.ENDS€10 MILLION OF DAMAGE CAUSED TO DONEGAL PROPERTY FROM GORSE FIRES was last modified: May 3rd, 2011 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)last_img read more