Another Health Crisis Looms: ‘More FISTULA’

first_imgThe alarm bells are beginning to ring again of another looming health crisis that might arise as a result of the breakdown of the nation’s healthcare system due the Ebola virus disease.This time it is “more fistula because more pregnant women are giving birth in their communities without the supervision of trained and skilled birth attendants or doctors.”Dr. John K. Mulbah, Lead Surgeon of the Liberia Fistula Project (LFP), who just returned from the 5th conference of the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) in Kampala, Uganda, told journalists yesterday that the gains LFP has made in restoring hope for most fistula survivors might be eroded as more pregnant women could come down with the condition as they are giving birth in the community not in a health facility.“Just yesterday I met a renowned doctor from ELWA Hospital who said to me, ‘Doc, just get ready for more fistula.’ He had performed more than 10 surgeries and reported that all the women exhibited leakage of urine and feces either because the women are not coming to the available health centers or most of them are being rejected at the health facilities and hospitals due to fear of Ebola by medical staff.It was evident that the progress made in reducing the backlog of fistula patients would recede as more cases appeared, said Dr. Mulbah, who is a Gynecologist and also a professor at the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dioglotti College of Medicine.Last February he told this newspaper that the LFP team had been able to fix the fistula problems of more than a thousand girls and women from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire. He had also disclosed that Liberian women and girls comprised at least 92 percent of fistula cases operated on while three percent were Ivorians and the rest Guineans and Sierra Leoneans.He had cautioned during that interview that it was too early to celebrate the gains that had been made in trying to eradicate fistula from Liberia.In August and September, there were reports everywhere that pregnant women were being rejected at hospitals and health facilities. Reports also said some died in labor because there was no one to attend to them. A well-known incident was of a woman who delivered her babies in the street with the assistance of a few other women who had to quickly create a lappa fence around her. Thankfully, she successfully gave birth to twin boys. The incident occurred a few yards from a renowned hospital in Paynesville.  Also speaking yesterday, Dr. Philderald Pratt, UNFPA-Liberia Fistula Focus Person and Assistant Resident Representative, UNFPA-Liberia, stated that most fistula victims are often shy to come out because the condition is demeaning to their person.Dr. Pratt, who, too, attended the just-ended 5th ISOFS conference in Kampala, said the Ebola epidemic has “arrested all of the progress that has been made in rebuilding our health system, especially for maternal and newborn child health.”He stated that Liberia, being one of the major players trying to eradicate Obstetric Fistula in the world, would likely see more fistula cases after the Ebola crisis.Both Drs. Pratt and Mulbah were given international awards by ISOFS for their outstanding roles in trying to “restore health and dignity to women and girls.” They said the awards were not only theirs but was also for every nurse and the women whose conditions have been fixed through surgery and other components of the LFP programs.About FistulaOne of the most serious injuries of childbearing is obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by labor that is prolonged – often for days – without treatment. Usually the baby dies.Because fistula leaves women leaking urine or feces, or both, it typically results in social isolation, depression and deepening poverty. Left untreated, fistula can lead to chronic medical problems. It can be prevented, however.Fistula can cause involuntary passage of urine and feces by its sufferers.  A woman with fistula can feel the urge to urinate or defecate but cannot control or stop the flow. Both are discharged anywhere at any time, leaving the woman very embarrassed and ashamed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Welcoming the Visiting US Congressional Delegation!

first_imgThe visiting US House of Representatives Congressional bi-partisan delegation had some important words for their Liberian counterparts and those words centered on the issue of accountability-accountability to the people who elected them. And one tried and tested way to ensure this is through transparency in the conduct of business according to the visitors.Whenever a vote is taken in the US House of Representatives, for example, it is posted on the US Congress website. Additionally, records are also kept of “yea and nay” votes and how each legislator voted on the issue. This is to ensure that the people are kept aware of how and whether or not their representative voted in their best interests.The Daily Observer welcomes the visiting congressional delegation and it fervently hopes that this visit will yield fruits. The visit of the US Congressional delegation has come at a time when the nation is wrapped in a national discourse on the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia. A resolution approved by a majority vote in the House of Representatives for the establishment a war and economic crimes court has been sent to the Senate for concurrence.It however remains unclear whether or not a bill to this effect has been passed by the House and sent to the Senate for concurrence. From the look of things the near overwhelming passage by the House of a resolution to establish the war an economic crimes court for Liberia could serve to bring enormous pressure to bear on their colleagues in the Senate to pass enabling legislation for the establishment of the war and economic crimes court for Liberia.Perhaps the visit of the US Congressional delegation at this time could have a salutary effect on current attempts by a majority of the House of Representatives to pass the relevant bill as an important first step forward towards the establishment of the Court. The Daily Observer fully agrees with suggestions from the public that a record be taken of the votes garnered for or against the proposal to establish a war and economic crimes court for Liberia.This record should clearly show how each legislator voted on the issue in order to have the electorate informed whether or not their interests were betrayed by their legislators in the way they voted on the issue. Indeed this may be prove to be quite a challenging exercise given the spate of complaints from some Representatives about how the Speaker conducts the business of the House.A number of them have charged that Speaker Chambers never fails to display great bias in placing their expressed concerns on the agenda, which they contend is highly undemocratic and discriminatory. These are indeed troubling concerns. Whether the visit of the Congressional delegation, short of recommendations to their home government, can do anything, more remains doubtful.It remains doubtful because the Liberian legislature over the years have lost their independence and become very pliable and highly susceptible to manipulation by the Executive which is often expressed in the form of brown envelopes containing wads of US dollar banknotes. Perhaps this can explain why 60 out of 64 concession agreements passed during the tenure of President Sirleaf were fraudulent.Under the watch of this present government, a bogus concession agreement aimed to cede virtually the entire mineral rich Southeast Liberia to a shady company, in which the President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate is a shareholder. Thousands of US dollars are recorded to have been illegally siphoned from the national budget and by Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Representative Jeremiah Koung and others to private use with virtual impunity.In view of this, the public is left wondering whether indeed those words uttered by members of the Congressional delegation were, as our people say, “passing through one ear and coming out the other” or like “wasting water on duck’s back”. From all indications, it appears that for a few legislators (names withheld) it was like “wasting water on duck back” or “passing through one ear and coming out of the other”.Still on the issue of transparency, most legislators, if not all lack competent staff to manage the affairs of their offices. Most hire their relatives, friends or cronies and underpay them while pocketing the rest. Thus, according to a former legislator, output is poor while efficiency and competence are compromised. This situation largely obtains because most of our legislators, with the exception of a few, have predatory self-interests ranking far above that of the state.The salaries and benefits they earn for example in an economy as bad as this defies reason and worse of all, a highly discriminatory tax policy in which low income earners are hardest hit and suffer shocks each time the Liberian dollar depreciates against the Liberian dollar remains in place with little or no thought being given by our legislators to the long term implications which are sure to spell disaster for an economy on the downslide with no immediate signs of recovery in sight.Once again, the Daily Observer extends a warm welcome to the visiting Congressional delegation. We hope that this just concluded visit will not be like those of “departing birds” leaving no good drops of feathers. In traditional folklore, nesting birds that return to their nests often shed the most beautiful feathers, while those not returning shed no feathers at all.The Daily Observer hopes that you will shed and leave behind beautiful feathers of hopes for transparency and accountability which our legislators would proudly don. Whether or not those hopes shall be realized is uncertain. What is certain is that those hopes “spring eternal in our breasts” and that you will lend your weight influence and support to the establishment of a war and economic crimes court for Liberia as an important forward step towards transparency and accountability.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoPH Headquarters for early 2020 opening

first_imgIn the first quarter of 2020, the Public Health Ministry is expected to commission its headquarters at Brickdam, Georgetown to facilitate all the senior officers operating out of one location.The Ministry’s Headquarters being constructed at BrickdamThe building is currently being constructed at Lot 1 Brickdam alongside an existing Public Health building.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence explained that works were ongoing on the first phase of the structure. “You may be aware that the Ministry of Public Health’s various departments are spread across Georgetown and so we have had conversations with the Ministry of Finance letting them know of our concerns that we cannot flow as we are supposed to flow,” she added.Lawrence said the work of the Ministry was usually slowed down owing to its departments being scattered across the capital city as many times persons would have to move from the offices at Lamaha Street to Camp Street or Thomas Street to Brickdam.“We want to ensure that this is a one stop, one shop for persons … this will house basically the main offices (such as) the PS (Permanent Secretary’s) office, Finance, Planning, the Regional Health Care Services, the MCH, the Chief Nursing Officer, etcetera, CMO (Chief Medical Officer), DCMO (Deputy Chief Medical Officer) and so on,” she noted.The Minister could not speak to the cost of the building being constructed, since according to her the contractors would have encountered “issues”.The Ministry’s head office was destroyed by fire back in 2009.The Public Health Ministry has been in the spotlight recently after encountering several difficulties relating to its buildings. One such issue was only recently resolved with the commissioning of a $539 million drug bond in Kingston, Georgetown.Prior to the opening of the bond last month, the Ministry was renting a bond at Sussex Street in Georgetown to house its drugs.In fact, the State had paid out over $200 million in rental fees in just under two years. The transaction first came to light in 2016 during parliamentary consideration of financial papers, when it was discovered that Government had entered into a contract to pay a VAT- excluded $12.5 million monthly rental for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.It was also discovered that $25 million was already spent as a security deposit, in addition to $12.5 million in monthly rentals from August to December 2016.The criticism that erupted led President David Granger to set up a Cabinet sub-committee to investigate the matter and make recommendations.After much criticism and fallout, the Government said that it had stopped renting the facility in December 2018.last_img read more

Video: All the goals as West Ham squander lead to draw 2-2 in Europa League

first_imgSomething tells us West Ham aren’t going to win the Fair Play League this season.The Hammers are taking part in their first European campaign for nine years after coming top of the Fair Play League last term, but they had a man sent off for the third time in five games as Slaven Bilic’s men blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Romania minnows Astra Giurgiu on Thursday.James Collins became the third West Ham player to be sent off in this short Europa League journey, with both Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins in the stands still serving their respective bans.Enner Valencia opened the scoring for the Hammers but he was later stretchered off the pitch through injury, and while Mauro Zarate doubled their lead, Astra pulled one back from long range before summer signing Angelo Ogbonna’s own goal pulled them level.Check out the highlights of an eventful Europa League tie above!last_img read more

‘If they join City then they drop a level’ – United view on rumours

first_imgWell known Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has worried a few Man United fans with a tweet.Using @GuillemBalague, he revealed the Red Devils are yet to meet the €30m (about £21m) release clause Barcelona are demanding for their long term transfer target Pedro.And to twist the knife further, he added United’s rivals, Man City, have made a bid in excess of the release clause.On Twitter, this is how some of the Old Trafford faithful reacted. 1 Man City are interested in Man United transfer targets Pedro and Nicolas Otamendi last_img

New England flooding traps residents in homes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“My landlord has an office under here and everything is just floating in it,” Digaetano said. Tens of millions of gallons of sewage spilled into the Merrimack River after pipes burst in Haverhill on Sunday, and the flood threatened power at a regional treatment plant in Lawrence. A shutdown at that plant would force 115 million gallons of sewage into the river each day. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Gov. Mitt Romney said. Emergency crews in Lowell took to flooded streets in boats and used bullhorns to urge about 1,000 households to evacuate. Forecasters said the river could rise past 60 feet by Monday night, putting it at more than 8 feet over flood stage. HAVERHILL, Mass. – Emergency crews used boats to rescue people trapped in their homes and sewage systems overflowed Monday as rain pounded New England for the fourth straight day in what could prove to be the region’s worst flooding since the 1930s. The National Weather Service reported more than a foot of rain had fallen in some places by Monday night. In the Merrimack Valley, north of Boston on the New Hampshire line, the Merrimack and Spicket rivers overflowed their banks and forced the evacuations of hundreds of people. Firefighters warned roommates Erica Digaetano, 22, and Kelly Malynn, 23, to leave their first-floor apartment in downtown Haverhill. Water had filled the basement up to the ceiling and was still rising. In Wakefield, Mass., about 15 miles north of Boston, Ralph Tucci watched nervously as shallow water in the front yard lapped near his front door. “That’s what I have left – just six more inches,” said Tucci, 50, who spent $247 on a pump Monday to try to protect his home. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., toured hard-hit Peabody, whose downtown northeast of Boston was flooded by the relentless rain. He labeled it “the worst flooding I’ve seen in 22 years in the Senate.” In New Hampshire, more than 600 roads were damaged, destroyed or under water. Gov. John Lynch said his own front yard in Hopkinton had become a pond. The raging Merrimack threatened historic mill buildings in downtown Manchester. The buildings now house a wide assortment of businesses, restaurants and shops. A fast-moving storm early today was expected to bring as much as an additional 1 inches of rain, threatening to push the Merrimack, Spicket and other large rivers further over their banks and swamping entire neighborhoods.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLagan reached the quarter finals of the girls u/16 national cup with a comprehensive victory over Mayo side Manulla Fc. Lagan started brightly with Sinead Dunne racing clear in the opening minutes but Simona Fernandes saved bravely at her feet. Their early pressure paid off when on fifteen minutes, Zoe Mc Glynn raced down the wing before crossing for Amy Boyd, who finished well.Lagan dominated most of the half with Manulla confined to a couple of efforts from Hannah Flatley and Jessica Nolan. Lagan went close on thirty five minutes when Sinead Dunne again broke clear but her effort came back off the post, with Simona Fernandes just preventing it crossing the line.Right on half time Manulla almost grabbed an equaliser but Michaella Dunleavy was quick off her line to block Hannah Flatley as she bore down on goal. The contest was effectively ended when Lagan grabbed two quickfire goals on fifty and fifty two minutes. Firstly Cianan Brogan headed on to Sinead Dunne who finished calmly and then Orla Friel raced clear on the right before finishing well. Lagan created more chances but Simona Fernandes pulled off some great saves in the Manulla goal and Jessica Nolan got in some good tackles. Lagan pressure paid off right at the end when Caoimhe Walsh raced on to a long through balland finished expertly. Lagan Harps Panel: Michaella Dunleavy, Meghan Reid, Erin Coll, Saorla Mc Garrigle, Erica Wilson, Zoe Mc Glynn, Leanne Boyce, Sinead Dunne, Amy Boyd, Ciana Brogan, Ava Duncan, Aoife Paige, Chantelle Kelly, Caoimhe Walsh, Tara Duffy, Orla Friel. Zoe Green,Our Ladies B team lost 4-1 away to Fanad Utd with Erin Coll the scorer while our u/14’s had another big win away to Kilmacrennan Celtic.There was no jackpot winner in our weekly lotto. SIxteen people had two numbers with Micky Mc Grath drawn out and winning E50. Next weeks jackpot is E4325.SOCCER – LAGAN HARPS UNDER 16 GIRLS HAVE GREAT WIN was last modified: July 8th, 2013 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) Tags:LAGAN HARPS NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s senior hurling team proved simply too strong for a poor Monaghan side at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny today.Ray Durack’s team made the running from the start and cantered away to finish on a scoreline of 3-18 to 1-6.Durack said later that he was pleased with how well his side hurled but admitted he was disappointed by how poor the visitors were. A very small crowd turned out to see the game.Next up for the Donegal team is the challenge of Tyrone.“We played very well at times today but I was disappointed at how poor Monaghan were.“But that shouldn’t take away from the number of scores we got. If we hurl like that against TYrone, then I would fancy us to beat them as well,” said the Donegal boss. DONEGAL HURLERS STEAMROLL POOR MONAGHAN SIDE was last modified: February 24th, 2013 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) Tags:donegalHURLINGMonaghanRay Duracklast_img read more

Poland pares down troops in Iraq, others pull out

first_imgWARSAW, Poland – The U.S. coalition in Iraq saw its size dwindle Tuesday as Ukraine and Bulgaria said all their troops had left the country. Poland said it would remain but reduce its number of troops by 600 next year. The Polish government’s decision, which is expected to be approved by President Lech Kaczynski, was a boost for President George W. Bush, who has faced withering criticism at home and abroad over his handling of the Iraq war and the growing insurgency there. Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz said keeping troops in Iraq longer would support “the growing democratization of life” after the country’s constitutional referendum and parliamentary elections. “We would like to gradually withdraw Polish troops from Iraq, not in an abrupt way, but gradually,” he told reporters in Warsaw. “Stabilization is taking place. The high turnout in the October referendum and a still higher turnout in the elections Dec. 15 – all this suggests that within two or three months there will be a government of national unity in place created by all the political forces in Iraq.” His approval, however, was considered largely a formality because of his closeness to Marcinkiewicz’ government. Kaczynski is a leading member of the prime minister’s conservative party, Law and Justice, while the party’s chairman is his twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Ukraine and Bulgaria, which had troops serving in Iraq under Polish command, both announced Tuesday that they had completed the withdrawal of their forces from Iraq. Poland’s own troop levels would be cut to 900 from about 1,500 in March, said the deputy defense minister, Gen. Stanislaw Koziej. The soldiers will focus on advising and training Iraqi security forces, he added. Marcinkiewicz said the decision followed appeals from U.S. leaders and the U.N. Security Council’s extension last summer of its mission in Iraq. Ukraine’s defense ministry said Tuesday that its last troops had left Iraq, fulfilling a long-planned withdrawal pledged by President Viktor Yushchenko. A column of eight armored personnel carriers and 44 soldiers had departed the country and arrived in Kuwait, the statement said. Ukraine had kept 867 soldiers in Iraq after partial pullouts earlier this year. By Friday, all are due back in Ukraine, where the deployment has been unpopular. About 50 Ukrainian military instructors will stay on to train Iraqi forces. Ukraine opposed the invasion of Iraq but later contributed 1,650 troops to the U.S.-led coalition, becoming one of the largest non-NATO participants. Eighteen Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another 32 wounded. In Bulgaria, Defense Minister Veselin Bliznakov said Tuesday that his country had completed its own military pullout. Bulgaria began withdrawing its troops from the city of Diwaniya shortly after Iraq’s Dec. 15 parliamentary elections, transferring its military responsibilities to Iraqi forces. In May, Bulgaria’s parliament had voted to cut the number of troops in Iraq from 460 to 400 and to continue their deployment through the end of 2005. Bliznakov has said that Bulgaria will “most likely” continue its military involvement in Iraq next year by contributing a 120-strong non-combat unit tasked with guarding the Ashraf refugee camp. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Marcinkiewicz conceded it was “a very difficult decision.” The deployment, which has cost the lives of 17 Polish soldiers, is unpopular with the public. The State Department lauded Poland’s decision. “We are pleased that the government of Poland has announced plans to keep troops in Iraq until the end of 2006,” said Nancy Beck, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman. “Poland has played a vital role in promoting democracy and security in Iraq, and today’s announcement is yet another sign of support for the Iraqi people’s quest for freedom.” White House spokesman Trent Duffy said: “As we’ve said all along – a country’s decision on whether, or what level to support the mission in Iraq, either with troops or with money, or with other resources, is the country’s decision to make on its own, and we respect those decisions.” Kaczynski, who took office last week, has until the end of the month to decide. As the armed forces’ commander in chief, the president approves overseas military deployments. last_img read more

All roads lead to Kelly’s Diner this Rally Weekend – Win Free Food!

first_imgOver the years, Kelly’s Diner at Mountain Top Letterkenny has cemented itself as the main food pitstop for all rally goers.With a limited-edition burger for every Rally, they’ve outdone themselves this year with two new bad boys. The Twincam and the Lambo! The Twincam, €16.95 boasts two juicy 6oz Burgers, with grilled cheese, bacon and onion rings. The Lambo, €18.95, king of them all is a 6oz Burger sandwiched between two crispy chicken fillets! Both are served with skinny fries and a soda!Check out their special message below for all those attending The Joule Donegal International Rally this weekend:You won’t be beaten for value when it comes to Kelly’s Diner. Their €5 Early Bird Breakfast is known all around Ireland and is served with tea, coffee and toast. The world-famous Jake’s Burgers have been getting bigger and better with over 14 choices and Jakes Friday Deal being the only way to kick off the weekend.You can’t come to Donegal and not do Steak Saturday at Kelly’s. A succulent 8oz Sirloin Steak with all the trimmings for only €11. 10oz and 12oz options also available at €14 and €16! You couldn’t beat it!If you miss Mammy’s Sunday roast don’t worry, Kelly’s Diner do a mean Sunday Dinner for only €10.95.GIVEAWAYThey’ve gone the extra mile and are giving one lucky winner free food for 2 from Friday to Sunday!That’s Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the whole weekend! Enter via this post on Facebook (Click Here) to be in with your chance of winning.Don’t be a fool and put the foot on the peddle and get to Kelly’s Diner this Rally Weekend!All roads lead to Kelly’s Diner this Rally Weekend – Win Free Food! was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:burgersdonegal rallyKelly’s Dinerkelly’s mountain toplast_img read more