As Ebola Epidemic Over-stretches Health workers Nationwide,Stink Dirt, Flood water Swallow Monrovia’s Major Streets

first_imgAs the Ebola virus disease overwhelms Liberian health workers and global support partners nationwide, stink dirt and perennial flood water continue to swallow most of Monrovia’s major streets.Some of the nation’s ill-equipped health facilities and the vulnerable health workers have now become and continue to be helpless victims of the deadly Ebola virus in many parts of Liberia.Professional health commentators have revealed that after the Ebola virus is contained and controlled in the coming months in Liberia, it won’t be surprised  that there will be a new brain drain in the nation’s health sector.The health commentators also expressed the hope that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners are making short and long term plans to train and equip health workers and strengthen institutions in Liberia.As a result of the embarrassing situation, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to perpetually encounter difficulties in terms of movement and conveyance of goods and services in several parts of Monrovia.Sadly, each time there is a heavy pour of rains, most of Monrovia’s strategic streets are engulfed with dirty flood water from the clogged drainages.For the past several years, residents, businesspeople and other Liberians have complained endlessly with no genuine remedy from the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government.As the final phase of the Rainy Season draws to an end, some preparations should be made to reconstruct and rehabilitate all of Monrovia’s major streets in order to ensure the free flow  of goods, people and services.Correspondingly, flood water continuously coming out of the clogged   drainages contain dangerous air and water borne diseases that are potential   threats to human beings, especially the urban dwellers of Monrovia and its environs.As for the offensive dirt, it always plays sanctuary to deadly insects, wild spiders, scorpions and harmful snakes that are some of the biggest enemies to children and women who throw dirt at the various dumpsites in Monrovia.Besides, the various dumpsites are also perpetual sanctuaries for mosquito breeding that are also threats to hundreds of homes in densely populated communities in Monrovia and its environs.Notably, according to health practitioners such areas in Monrovia are where many Liberians and foreign residents suffer from diseases such as malaria, typhoid and other contagious diseases.Shedding light on the perennial sanitation crisis of Monrovia, health worker Beatrice Sharon Harmon is convinced that diseases, including the deadly Ebola virus, will continue to spread until the Municipal Governments of Monrovia and Paynesville, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) design realistic strategies to remedy the situation.When contacted, low ranking Public Works officials told the Daily Observer that, sanitation and drainage problems must be tackled by the relevant stakeholders on sustained basis in Monrovia.Officials of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation told the Daily Observer that the sanitation challenges of Monrovia must be handled with some radical approaches such as breaking down structures over the drainages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 in Jail over Minister Sandolo’s ‘Assassination Plot’

first_imgTwo of the five persons arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Mr. Patrick Sandolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) at his Todee farm are yet to appear in court. The two are currently in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, nearly three months after they were charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Police charged the defendants based on a complaint from one Alvin Nelson, who is believed to be the caretaker of the Minister’s farm, a court document in the possession of the Daily Observer said.Though Minister Sandolo was not at the farm when the incident took place on July 24, the defendants are being charged with multiple crimes, including criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, theft of property, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit murder, which under the law is a non bailable offence.Defendants Anthony Mulbah along with Arthur Gono, Alex Gbato, Kpannah Tosh and Abraham Kollie were arrested by police due to a writ of arrest issued by Francis K. Fayiah, stipendiary magistrate of the Careysburg Magisterial Court, in Montserrado County, where the alleged offenses were committed.Alex Gbato and Abraham Kollie are the two persons currently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting trial, while the other three have been released.Mr. Dominic Kollie, the father of one of the defendants, Abraham Kollie, who spoke with journalists at the Temple of Justice, tearfully explained, “My son has been in jail since July 26 on multiple crimes and he still has not had a court date set. I have talked to the Magisterial Court and still have not had a court date set.“Is there any length of time that he can be held without a court date?“I am afraid that he is lost in the system. I tried calling Minister Sandolo, (but he) referred me to the court. I am getting nowhere fast. And they are still behind bars at the Central Prison.”He also used the occasion to appeal for government’s intervention to have them go to court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more