When the Nurse Happens to Be Your Mom:

first_imgWith no new cases to report in the past few days, the dust seems to be gradually settling around the ebola virus scare which literally rocked the nation in the month of April. This could not have been achieved without the effective response of Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other national and international stakeholders; as well as the immense support received from friendly nations such as the United States and the People’s Republic of China. For the good health we continue to enjoy, every Liberian owes you great debt of gratitude.Although service providers continue to wear their gloves in various businesses and individuals continue to use hand sanitizers after every handshake, one can safely say, that if nothing at all, the ebola threat clearly reawakened Liberians to increased hygiene and personal responsibility.Looking back, we realize that throughout the entire month’s episode, health care workers were at the forefront of it all: attending to patients, following up on supposed rumors, assisting in efforts to quarantine suspected cases, collecting blood samples for analysis, raising awareness, etc. In an effort to contain the situation, this close range contact exposed health care workers to disease risks several hundred times more pronounced than that of the average citizen. Just think about it. The nurse on duty at the time could have been your mother. The doctor could have been your uncle. The physician assistant could have been your friend. But yet, their health and safety was continuously placed in clear and present danger, all in an effort to perform their sacred duty of preserving the sanctity of human life-yours and mine.While health care workers, by virtue of training, are generally the most cautious of all professionals, religiously wearing gloves and  appropriate protective clothing as well as washing their hands before and after attending to patients, in general, people’s exposure to communicable diseases, harmful substances or high risk environments tend to be directly proportional to their occupation. For lifetime miners, it’s susceptibility to some forms of cancer, for farmers using pesticides, it’s possible respiratory distress, for construction workers, it’s injuries and falls and for health care workers, as we saw in the ebola outbreak in neighboring Guinea in which many medics contracted the disease and lost their lives, it was increased risk of exposure to a deadly communicable disease.As we revisit the drawing board and attempt to extract the lessons learnt and perhaps define the way forward following such a drastic disease scare, the often forgotten field of environmental and occupational health demands a careful revisit. According to the National Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, “The Government of Liberia is legally obliged and committed to ensuring a healthy and safe working environment for all employees in both the public and private sectors of Liberia. How we ensure the health and safety of Liberia’s recovering workforce across all sectors of society is crucial.The case of the recent ebola threat is just a resounding reminder of just how interconnected our lives really are and a reflection of just how susceptible we each are to the workplace exposures of our loved ones. Most importantly, it is reawakening to the consciousness that in the fragile national public health puzzle, we too, as employers or employees, decision makers or advocates, policy formulators or enforcers, young or old, rich or poor, male or female, play major roles by the things we do or fail to in our individual lives as well as in the workplace.So, before we close this rather dramatic chapter and move on to other more appealing ventures, as is so common in the face of victory, let’s be reminded dear reader, that the recent ebola threat along with the many other workplace hazards we each encounter each day—potential fire incidences, falls and strains, injuries and fractures from handling heavy duty equipment, exposure to communicable diseases, possible cancer risks from handling harmful substances—are just more reasons why environmental and occupational health must be revisited and prioritized.Author’s affiliation:  M. Sc., Environmental Health-Harvard School of Public Health, Cyprus International Institute B. Sc. Zoology, emphasis Public Health-University of Ghana-Legon, 2012 Harvard Cyprus Program FellowShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Peace Secondary School volleyball teams looking for sponsorship for Provincials

first_imgThe financial support would go towards the high cost of transportation and accommodations, which include approximately $2,100 for hotel rooms, $9,000 for a bus and $500 in tournament fees.In totalling up all expenses, the team’s estimated total cost would come to approximately $11,600.It’s an expensive journey for the athletes of North Peace Secondary School, who, in order to compete at the provincial level, must travel a farther distance than any of the province’s other schools.- Advertisement -Those interested in supporting the cause won’t go unrecognized, as in return for sponsorship, the teams are offering advertising on the school walls, practice jerseys, as well as signed team photos.For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to express an interest in helping the teams, please contact the North Peace Secondary School at 250-785-4429. Emails can also be sent to the teams’ coaching staff, at jlovell@prn.bc.ca for the Girls team, or astefiuk@prn.bc.ca for the Boys team.Both teams secured their trips to Provincials by emerging as tournament champions at this past weekend’s Northern Zone Championships, played in Prince George.Advertisementlast_img read more

Guardiola warns high-flying City against complacency

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his players against complacency © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that complacency is the biggest threat to their push for domestic and European domination.Guardiola’s unbeaten Premier League leaders visit Chelsea on Saturday sitting two points clear of closest challengers Liverpool. City are well on course to defend the title they won with 100 points in May and are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare.They have managed all of that largely without the services of last season’s club player of the year Kevin De Bruyne.City must also go to London without top scorer Sergio Aguero, who has missed the past two matches with an adductor muscle strain.Guardiola, who says he does not care about the possibility of City going through the entire league season unbeaten, has told his players that maintaining their standards is the key to success.“The biggest danger to us is basically to think that it’s not necessary to improve,” he said. “I see my team and many things are good but still we can be better.“I am proud that we have been consistent for most of the past 15 or 16 months, playing every three days.“That’s the most difficult thing to achieve in all sports. It’s a big compliment for the players. But I tell them every game that there are many things we can do better, but we could have dropped two points in the final 10 minutes at Watford on Tuesday.”Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has suggested that Manchester City are the best team in Europe but Guardiola has dismissed that claim.According to the City manager, his team need to win the Champions League before they can be classed as the continent’s best.Chelsea have lost their past two away league matches, at Tottenham and Wolves, but Sarri is taking them in the right direction, according to former Barcelona boss Guardiola.“The job he has done so far is excellent,” he said. “People don’t know how difficult it is to play in a special way. He needs time.“Their past two away games were so difficult and things like this can happen. But during pre-season we played them in the Community Sheld at Wembley and they were already his team.“Maybe they are not playing consistently for 90 minutes but when they play well for 50 to 70 minutes, they are excellent.”Guardiola has played down the likelihood of City matching the Arsenal side of 2003-04 by going through a whole Premier League season unbeaten, arguing that it is less important to him than the quality of his team’s performances.City managed a run of 22 league games unbeaten from the start of last season, winning 20 of them, before falling to a 4-3 defeat at Liverpool in January.Arsenal are one of only two teams to go through an entire English top-flight season without defeat.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Elephant flies south to retire

first_imgShe lived as the sole occupant in the zoo’s elephant house with concrete floors and a small outside enclosure. The move comes after a long battle between those wanting Maggie to stay at The Alaska Zoo and those advocating for a warmer climate. The zoo board initially balked at sending Maggie to another facility. With pressure mounting to do better by the elephant, the zoo embarked on an expensive campaign to improve her quality of life, including building a $100,000 treadmill Maggie couldn’t be coaxed into using. Pleas to have her moved grew louder this year when Maggie twice couldn’t get back on her feet. Firefighters were called to hoist the 8,000-pound animal into a standing position. The move became reality after retired game show host Bob Barker promised to donate $750,000 for her care.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NATURE: Alaska’s only pachyderm, Maggie, exchanges zoo quarters for a California lifestyle. By The Associated Press SAN ANDREAS – After living nearly her whole life in Alaska, Maggie the elephant on Friday made her way to a new home in Northern California. The 25-year-old African elephant arrived by plane at Travis Air Force Base, then boarded a truck to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 85 miles away, arriving around 6 a.m., said Vickie Alameda, PAWS’s office manager. The Air Force agreed to transport Maggie – for years Alaska’s only elephant – as part of a training mission after officials with PAWS and the zoo discovered she was too big for a commercial airline. Maggie was locked and loaded into a special metal crate Thursday and arrived about midnight at Travis in Fairfield. At the sanctuary, she will have 30 acres to share with nine other elephants. Maggie arrived in Alaska as a baby in 1983 after her herd was culled in South Africa. last_img read more

Here’s why Kieran Trippier didn’t celebrate Harry Kane’s last-gasp winner

first_img It’s a good thing Trippier didn’t join his team-mates 2 Trippier had a superb game The Spurs man was the only absentee from the already-iconic pile-up by the corner flag because he was aware of a niche rule which could’ve spoiled everything.The laws of the game state that a team can restart the game once there are no opposition players in their half.This usually occurs as players reset for the kick-off but technically, England’s celebrations took place outside the Tunisian half. Kieran Trippier is more than just a quality wing-back.While his team-mates, and 70 million people back home, went berserk for Harry Kane’s dramatic late winner, Trippier kept his head. 2 If Trippier joined in, Jordan Pickford could’ve found himself with a ten-one-one situation before empty pint glasses even hit the floor.Another moment of class in what was an exceptional performance from Trippier.last_img read more

All or nothing as Uganda Cubs face Djibouti in CAf U17 Regional qualifiers

first_img Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifiersPeter Onentop The Uganda Cubs team that is expected to start against Djibouti on Wednesday (Photo by FUFA Media)CAF U17 Regional QualifiersUganda vs DjiboutiChamazi Stadium, TanzaniaWednesday, 22-08-2018 @03:00pmTanzania – The Uganda Cubs find themselves in a must win situation when they take on Djibouti in the last game of the group stages at the CAF U17 Regional Qualifiers on Wednesday.The Cubs got back into ascendance following two back to back wins in their last two games of group B.After losing 1-0 in their opening game, Peter Onen’s side defeated South Sudan (6-1) and Kenya (3-1) to move to win in a victory of qualification to the semifinals.“We are aware that we need a good victory against Djibouti in order to get into the semis, said Onen ahead of the game.“The boys are focused and hopefully we get the desired result tomorrow (Wednesday).“We will not underestimate them (Djibouti) and we will approach the game like any other in the past.Considering reports coming from Tanzania, the Cubs will start with the same team that started the 3-1 win over Kenya on Sunday afternoon.For Djibouti, they have been the whopping boys of the group, losing all their first three games, conceding 15 goals in the process whilst scoring only once.With Uganda seated second on the log-level on points with Kenya (6) and three behind leaders Ethiopia, a three goal victory will see Onen’s charges through to the next round regardless of the score-line in the between Kenya and Ethiopia who face off on the same day.The Cubs expected starting 1X vs Djibouti:Oyo Delton (GK), Ssekimbegga Kevin, Kasozi Samson, Kizito Mugweri Gavin (C), John Rogers, Ekellot Ibrahim, Ssekajja Davis, Kakaire Thomas, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Yiga Najib, Juma Ibrahim.Group B standings:Comments last_img read more

Cut to alcohol tax could protect Donegal’s 7,500 hospitality employees

first_imgA cut to Ireland’s alcohol excise tax could protect Donegal’s 7,443 hospitality sector jobs, according to local publican Martin Gibbons.Ireland’s overall alcohol excise tax is the second highest in the European Union. By drink type, our wine excise is the highest; our beer excise is the second highest (behind Finland); and our spirits excise is the third highest (behind Finland and Sweden).Almost 210,000 people are directly and indirectly employed by Ireland’s hospitality and drinks industries, in a nationwide network of pubs, hotels, restaurants, off-licences and other supporting businesses. In Donegal alone, there are 365 pubs, 40 hotels, 77 restaurants, 133 off-licences, 12 wholesalers and 2 producers. Together, these businesses pay a €157.7 million annual wage bill and support €168 million in tourism spend.The UK is Ireland’s most important tourism market: British tourists make up 40 percent of all visitors and are worth €1.1 billion to the economy.However, numbers dropped by 8 percent in the first four months of 2017 compared to 2016. Since the referendum last June, sterling also dropped by 15 percent against the euro, making Ireland a more expensive destination for British tourists.Commenting, Martin Gibbons Donegal county chair of the Vintners Federation of Ireland says that high excise tax punishes consumers, businesses and tourists alike by discouraging spending. Combined with the threat of Brexit, the hospitality sector, particularly in rural parts of the country, is vulnerable.“The hospitality sector is a vital part of Donegal’s economic infrastructure. 7,443 local people depend on it for work. In many parts of the country, it is the major and often only employer.“Tourists consistently rate the Irish pub and Irish pub culture as a top tourist attraction. However, a high alcohol excise tax works to actively undermine this by discouraging consumer spending, ultimately putting jobs at risk. Combined with Brexit, Ireland is already becoming expensive for our biggest tourism market, the UK.“Staying internationally competitive is essential. We believe that it is of fundamental importance for the Government to not only formulate a long-term Brexit strategy with the hospitality sector and rural jobs at front and centre, but take positive steps now by reducing Ireland’s high alcohol excise tax in Budget 2018.“This will not only ease the burden on consumers, but support local hospitality businesses in Donegal and create a more attractive tourism product.”Cut to alcohol tax could protect Donegal’s 7,500 hospitality employees was last modified: August 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Brexitdonegalhospitalitymartin gibbonstourismlast_img read more

Chelsea planning to axe Di Matteo and Drogba – reports

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo expects to be axed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich even if he wins the Champions League, according to The Sun.There have been calls for the interim boss to be installed as manager this summer, but it is claimed that Di Matteo believes Abramovich is determined to appoint a big-name continental coach.A ‘senior Chelsea source’ is quoted as saying: “He’s resigned to leaving regardless of what happens in Munich.“He has tried to talk to the club’s hierarchy about pre-season training for next season and been given very short shrift.“That convinced him he really is just an ‘interim’ manager, filling the post until a full-time appointment can be made.“He’s hugely disappointed after the miracles he has worked here since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March.“Two Cup finals is an amazing success after inheriting that mess and winning the FA Cup last Saturday was very special.“He won it with Chelsea as a player, scoring that amazing goal against Middlesbrough in 1997, and now he has won it as a manager too.“That guarantees him hero status with the fans but won’t budge the powers-that-be. Di Matteo has the full support of all the players but, fundamentally, nothing has changed.”Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Chelsea will ditch Didier Drogba at the end of the season.The Ivorian, whose contract expires this summer, is said to want to sign a two-year deal and then retire in 2014.But it is claimed that the club are planning to ignore the wishes of fans and let him leave Stamford Bridge.The Blues hierarchy are apparently keen to instead build a team around Fernando Torres. Should Di Matteo be given the Chelsea job? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s Chelsea quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Stanley Cup takes center stage at San Jose City Hall

first_imgThe Sharks have been trying for more than a quarter-century to bring the Stanley Cup to San Jose.But in a rare local appearance, the Cup was in the Rotunda at City Hall on Tuesday as part of the lead up to the NHL’s All-Star Game festivities this weekend around downtown.Visitors were was invited to get their photo taken with the Cup, which dates back more than 125 years and is considered by many to be the hardest championship trophy to win in all of sports.The Cup was originally 7.28 inches …last_img

South African health facilities ready for World Cup

first_imgFootball fans have received assurancethat South Africa’s health facilities arecapable of handling any emergencyduring the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: South African Red Cross)South Africa’s health facilities – both hospitals and clinics – are ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the government has assured fans. South Africa is ready to provide health services of an international standard to football fans who travel to the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, boasting facilities that are in line with health infrastructure guarantees made to Fifa on being awarded the tournament.A comprehensive health and medical response service will be available on a 24-hour basis over the duration of the tournament.The country’s state of readiness for health care was tested during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup with great success.Comprehensive medical services are available in different areas during the duration of the tournamentThe National Health Operations Centre will link to all provinces, ensuring real-time monitoring, collating and reporting on the roll-out of the health plan, as well as the occurrence of any incidents.Medical response personnel will be deployed on the most frequently used routes during the event. The 2010 Medical Volunteer Programme was also established to recruit volunteers with specialised skills in the medical fraternity to bolster the number of World Cup deployments. Free primary healthcare will be available to all spectators at official venues, including a script or referral to a health facility if necessary.Dispensing machines will be situated throughout the stadiums for basic drug purchases. Twenty-four-hour pharmacies will be in place for the duration of the event.South Africa has the necessary plans in place to deal with any major disruptions during the tournamentA comprehensive disaster-management plan has been developed to deal with any major disruption during the tournament.All the possible risks that could cause major disruptions have been identified and the necessary risk reduction measures have been developed, tested and implemented.The emergency preparedness of stadiums, fan parks and other public viewing areas are in place.Disaster Management Centres in host cities and provinces will cater for any possible disasters such as floods, fires and/or any major transport or utility services disruption. The country will deal decisively with the outbreak of diseases in line with its comprehensive disease control planSpecial measures have been put in place to ensure that all international ports of entry are properly monitored in terms of health related issues.Public awareness information, outbreak indicators and strengthening existing disease outbreak policies and systems have been undertaken.We have detailed plans for vaccinations against possible disease outbreaks and the National Institute of Communicable Disease issues regular updates on any outbreak.There is no risk of Rift Valley Fever to visitors as the disease typically only affects ruminants such as sheep, cattle and goats.The Department of Health has developed the Notifiable Medical Conditions Early Warning Surveillance System to provide daily epidemiological reports on health events of public importance.Source: South African Government Informationlast_img read more