Ellen Suspends Senatorial Election

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation suspending the holding of the October 14, 2014 Senatorial Election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.According to the Foreign Ministry, the President acted under authority of the Constitution and “pursuant to powers vested in her by both the Constitution of Liberia and the Declaration of the State of Emergency.”The Ministry stated that the President has also suspended all voting rights associated and connected with the Senatorial Election.“The President has directed the National Elections Commission, the agency of Government authorized to hold general and special elections, to immediately commence consultations and discussions with all recognized and accredited political parties, independent candidates, and civil society organizations and other stakeholders, as well as national and international health authorities on a new date for holding the Special Senatorial Election,” the Ministry said in a statement issued by Mr. Horatio Bobby Willie, Assistant Minister for Public Affairs At least 15 of the 30 senators should have headed for election on October 14 but with suspension, they still have their jobs until a new date can be set to conduct the election.Citing reasons that necessitated the suspension of the October 14 Senatorial Election, the President’s Proclamation states that, “As a consequence of the measures taken by the Government under the State of Emergency to contain the spread and eradicate the virus, the continued prevalence of the Virus, and other self-surviving measures taken by the people in restricting their travel and contacts, necessary for a free, open and transparent political atmosphere, the National Elections Commission, the Institution clothed with the authority to conduct elections in Liberia, has informed the Government that it has been unable to undertake several of the processes that are prerequisites to conducting the pending 2014 Senatorial Election, including the deployment of staff in the field to conduct civil/voter education, the recruitment and deployment of the required polling staff at polling centers, the importation of basic, essential and sensitive electoral materials due to the suspension of flights to Liberia, the requisite campaigning by senatorial candidates and the monitoring of the process and activities by the NEC to ensure that there are no violations of the Elections Law and that violations are adequately addressed.”It can be recalled that the President on August 6, 2014 declared a State of Emergency throughout the nation, which action was subsequently approved by the National Legislature as stipulated under Article 86 of the Constitution with the aim to combat the deadly virus affecting Liberia and its people and eradicate the virus from the nation.“Under the Constitution and the mentioned Declaration of the State of Emergency, the President is vested with the power and clothed with the authority to suspend, during the period of the State of Emergency, any and all [some] rights ordinarily exercised, enjoyed and guaranteed to citizens and residents of the Republic in normal periods, limited only by specific exceptions stipulated by the Constitution”, the Proclamation adds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clinical recommendations regarding mild traumatic brain injury mTBI released

first_imgCT skull film of a patient with traumatic brain injury showing compression depression fractures of left temporoparietal bone. Image Credit: Sopone / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDSep 4 2018The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released fresh clinical recommendations for health care personnel for treatment of children suffering from concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).The recommendations titled “CDC Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Among Children,” was released today in the latest issue of the JAMA Pediatrics. Pediatric concussion management experience from 25 years has been collated in this new guideline to determine the best possible way to deal with mTBI in children. All pediatric patients with mTBI do not require routine imaging studies Validated, age appropriate symptom scales and scoring systems are to be used to diagnose an mTBI Other risk factors that mean prolonged recovery time should be assessed. This includes other brain injuries in the past, history of mTBI, severe symptom score immediately after the injury, learning difficulties and other characteristics in the child, family factors such as family stressors or social factors etc. Patients and their parents or caregivers are to be provided with instructions when they return to their daily activities according to their symptom scores and severity. Parents and caregivers are to return gradually to their non-sports activities after 2 to 3 days of rest. Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpHoury explained that there was a need for a standard guidelines that would be “consistent, current, and evidence-based” and could help healthcare providers in diagnosis and management of mTBI. This guideline is an answer she said. Houry said the guideline is also directed towards “supporting families, sports coaches, and schools—who are all integral to keeping children safe and healthy.” She added, “The hope is that this Guideline will lead to future studies and guidelines that further advance the care of patients of all ages with mTBI and other serious brain injuries.” In addition to the guidelines are supporting tools and materials that can help screen patients for discharge and plan their recovery. The tools are available at www.cdc.gov/HEADSUP.The new guidelines were lauded by Michael McCrea, a professor of neurosurgery and neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Dr. Geoff Manley, vice chairman of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco in an accompanying editorial. The write, “We applaud the CDC guideline’s recommendation for clinicians to counsel children and their parents as to the known acute effects of injury, expected course of recovery, and factors that may positively or negatively affect recovery and outcome after mTBI.” Next major challenge they add is adoption of these guidelines by doctors on the frontlines treating patients. Yet, they write, this is a “solid step toward achieving this comprehensive, personalized approach to state-of-the art care.” Deb Houry, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in a statement said, “More than 800,000 children seek care for TBI in U.S. emergency departments each year, and until today, there was no evidence-based guideline in the United States on pediatric mTBI—inclusive of all causes. Healthcare providers will now be equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure the best outcomes for their young patients who sustain an mTBI.”The clinical guidelines outline 19 recommendations that include the optimized ways to diagnose, manage and treat mTBI in children and also helps predict the possible outcomes of such events. It is to be applied in all healthcare settings. CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline provides a specific protocol in management of these cases.The main changes in the guidelines from previous recommendations include;last_img read more