Nurses take care of a patient with Ebola hemorrhagic fever. AFP/WHO photo

Guekedou is a Guinean town on the border with Voinjama, Lofa County, in northern Liberia.

Ebola Threatens Liberia

At least 59 of out of 80 persons are now confirmed dead after coming in contact with the Ebola virus in the southern forest regions of Gueckedou and Macenta in Guinea, close to the Liberian border, Guinea’s government has confirmed. 

Reports of the virus trickling into northern Liberia suggest at least one Ebola-related death in Foya, Lofa County. Up to press time, officials in Lofa could not be reached for comment. Monrovia officials are also tightlipped, only stating that a press conference will be held Monday.

Mrs. Bassey O. Akan, CMC’s Health Safety and Environment international Consultant/Trainer, was the lead facilitator

Messrs Selekpoh (L) and Harvey at yesterday’s opening ceremony

Liberian Company Launches Intl Workplace Health and Safety Program

A Liberian-owned Company, the Construction and Mining Contractors Incorporated (CMC Inc), in collaboration with London Professional Training Center (LPTC), UK, and the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), yesterday launched a 10-day international training in Occupational Safety and Health at a resort in Monrovia.

The training, which is being hosted in the country for the first time, brought together 13 safety representatives and will continue through March 4, CMC General Manager R. Fole Harvey said.

Dr. Barnes: “LCS welcomes everybody, whether the person is a cancer patient or not.”

LCS Begins Membership Drive

The Liberian Cancer Society (LCS) has begun a nationwide membership drive with the aim of making the entity vibrant.

This initiative, according to LCS president Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, is the first since the country’s 14-year civil war ended in 2003.

The membership drive, Dr. Barnes said, is intended to fill the organization’s manpower capacity gap.

Mrs. Logan: “We have effective drugs for the patients”

Bentol Residents Receive Free Medical Treatment

The Albino Society of Liberia (LAS), through its “Free Medical Outreach Program,” has treated about 100 residents in Bentol City, Montserrado County, free of charge.

Mrs. Patricia Logan, LAS President, told reporters recently that the program that facilitated the free medical outreach was organized by the association in collaboration with other health-related partners to help Liberians in remote or hard-to-reach communities to access free treatment.

Dr. Barnes: “The figure may be more than this taking into consideration cases that have not been diagnosed.”

366 People Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer Annually

Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, president of the Liberia Cancer Society (LCS), has said in the next five years, the prevalence and mortality rates of cervical cancer will triple in the country if nothing is done to arrest the situation.

Dr. Barnes said every year, 366 persons are diagnosed with cervical cancer, which is likely to take away the lives of the victims mostly women between the ages of 15 and 44 years.


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