Head of U.S Health Experts Arrives in Liberia to Ebola Fight

first_imgThe head of a team of 50 U.S health experts promised by the U.S. Government arrived over the weekend in Liberia.The US government, through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recently announced plans to send 50 public health experts to West Africa to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus.In fulfillment of that pronouncement, Timothy M. Callaghan, head of the team of health experts assigned to Liberia arrived in Monrovia over the weekend.According to an Internal Affairs Ministry release, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Madam Sheila Paskman said, the team was deployed to support the Liberian government’s efforts toward eradicating the Ebola virus from Liberia.The team, she said, will provide support in Technical areas of coordination and cooperation as well as ensure Center for Disease Control (CDC) step up its response.Timothy, accompanied by US Embassy officials, immediately visited Internal Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly, who is Co-chair of the National Task Force on Ebola.During his visit over the weekend at the Internal Affairs Ministry, Timothy M. Callaghan disclosed that additional 15 health experts are expected in Liberia.He said the team is expected to collaborate with other U.S. government agencies that are already operating in Liberia such as the CDC and USAID, among others.In response, Minister Dukuly expressed his delight and lauded the United States government on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who chairs the National Task Force on Ebola for fulfilling a significant promise in a timely manner.He described the United States as a historical traditional partner who has always stood by Liberians and the nation as a whole.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mining symposium focuses on creating safer environment for miners

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday collaborated with the Australian High Commission to facilitate an Australia Alumni Mining Symposium which was held under the theme “Towards a Green Development Strategy, Ensuring Decent Work Environments for Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASM).”The two-day symposium, aimed at creating a safer environment for miners through improved safety practices, developing the capacity of miners through training and sharing international practices in the areas of exploration and prospecting, gold recovery, alternative technologies to mercury, improved livelihoods, and environmental management.It is also expected to create solutions and good policies, so as to ensure that those individuals who work in mining activities are operating under decent working conditions.Stakeholders were involved in discussions on the process that is being undertaken to market Guyana’s gold resources, and business considerations when investing in artisanal mining. Additionally, approaches will be explored which can enable miners to apply geological data to locate economically viable deposits, and alternatives that can be used in the place of mercury, which is known to damage the health of miners after exposure for some time.To commence the day’s discussions, the Alumni Coordinator of the University ofAlumni Coordinator of the University of Western Australia, Muza GondweWestern Australia, Muza Gondwe, explained that miners contribute significantly to the local communities, and therefore commented on the needs of these miners to efficiently produce high yields.“This issue (revolves) around exploration and providing ASM miners with the capacity and tools, skills, and knowledge to efficiently find gold; and in doing so, reduce the damage to the environment, improve health and safety, increase recovery, increase profitability, and improve livelihoods,” she said.The remarks of Australian High Commissioner John Pilbeam were read by a representative, who explained that this was an enterprise which had been in the making for many months, and is important to the overall growth of the industry.“Mining seminars are a dime a dozen, but what I wanted to see was a symposium that looked at mining and development (while) zeroing in on the little guy and gal. Small scale miners are the key contributors to Guyana’s economy. They account for almost 70 percent of the gold that the Government buys”, the statement detailed.It was related that there is seldom participation from women at mining camps in Guyana, but that is one of the situations which should be modified.The forum will conclude today.last_img read more

NORTH MINISTER CONFIRMS CANCER UNIT ON TIME FOR DONEGAL PATIENTS

first_imgTHE North’s health minister’s representatives have met with Donegal cancer care campaigners to assure them that the Northwest Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagevin is scheduled to be completed on time.Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW), said it very pleased to meet recently with a health official from the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety, NI, to discuss progress regarding the North West Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin, (NWRU).Edwin Poots, Minister for Health and Donegal-born William Hay, Speaker for the Assembly facilitated this meeting. CCC(NW) says it has been assured that since Minister Poots approved the Project on 23 May 2011, the timetable for completion and operation of the Radiotherapy Unit remains on track.  In summary:•     The Radiotherapy Unit Manager has been appointed and is in post;•     Outline Business Case 1 (OBC1) has been approved.  Preliminary enabling works design has already commenced on some of the peripheral areas adjacent to and within the Altnagelvin Tower Block by the existing tower block design team.  This work will ensure the minimum amount of time is expended in the commencement of the main scheme;•     Outline Business Case 2, (OBC2) is nearing completion and it is envisaged that it will go to the Department of Finance & Personnel for final approval by summer/autumn; •     Intensive work continues at all levels of the project, particularly in the project team and subgroups, to progress preparations with regard to the site enabling works and the planning of the new unit.  When the appointment of the design team has been confirmed, work will commence immediately on the radiotherapy unit design;•     It is envisaged that the construction of the radiotherapy unit will commence in autumn 2013 with completion by 2015.  Following a period of commissioning, the unit is planned to be fully operational by mid 2016;•     The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), The Department of Health and Children (DoHC) and Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH) continue to fully engage with their Northern Ireland counterparts to realise this Project.  The DoHC, the NCCP and LGH/HSE are represented on the Project Board and Project sub-committees.Said Noelle Duddy, Spokesperson, CCC(NW):“Over the years we have developed very good working relationships with management from LGH and the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT) at Altnagelvin.“We believe that the central ethos for this unit must be one of social inclusion, equal access according to clinical need and true cross border collaboration based on LGH, Altnagelvin and both Health Boards working to develop each other’s strengths. “Both Hospitals and Health Boards must have ownership of these services so that a comprehensive, fluent, seamless cancer/radiotherapy service is provided for all cancer patients in the North West Region.  CCC(NW) remains confident that staff from both Letterkenny and Altnagelvin Hospitals continues to work together, in collaboration to develop a world class radiotherapy service in the NW for cancer patients.“Let us remind ourselves why we need a Radiotherapy Unit in the North West Region.  One in three people are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime one in four will die from cancer.  50 – 60% of cancer treatments involve radiotherapy.  Treatment requires the patient to attend a radiotherapy unit, usually daily, Monday – Friday for several weeks, often travelling distressing hundreds of miles for treatment, and coping with an added financial burden.  Depending on treatment prescription, treatment varies from days to weeks.  Breast and prostate cancer treatments may last between 4 and 7 weeks.  Each actual treatment session lasts for several minutes.”Ms Duddy went on: “As it stands, Donegal and its environs do not have a large enough population to safely sustain a radiotherapy unit and neither do the WHSCT. However, as a region, the North West’s population exceeds 500,000 and by joining together the populations on either side of the Border, the ‘critical mass’ required to safely provide a radiotherapy service can be achieved.“As a region, the North West is co-dependent on both jurisdictions accepting responsibility to provide its people with a Radiotherapy Unit.  The NW is currently the only region on this island without reasonable access to radiotherapy services. “When it is operational the majority of cancer patients in Donegal/NW requiring radiotherapy will be able to receive their treatment near to home, families and friends.  Patients who currently have to refuse treatment because they are unable to travel to Dublin, Galway or Belfast, will be able to accept and avail of treatment.  The NWRU is a very successful good news story for this region and the services it will provide will do nothing short of strengthening and enhancing cancer services for patients in Donegal/NW.“CCC(NW) very much welcomed in Minister Poots May statement recognition that ‘the location of the new centre in the Northwest also provides the opportunity for genuine, sustainable and meaningful cross-border co-operation and that it has the potential to deliver real mutual benefits to both jurisdictions’.  We also welcome the approval of the ‘North – South Feasibility Study’ by both Departments of Health and we welcome the Joint Committee on Health and Children and the NI Assembly’s Health Committee meeting in Leinster House to discuss ‘Cross Border Co-operation on Healthcare’ in March this year.”“At a local level we were assured by Mr Sean Murphy, General Manager, LGH and Mr John Hayes, Local Health Manager, HSE West, during a meeting with CCC(NW) held in March that they envisaged a strong and positive future working with colleagues from across the border.  CCC(NW) believe increased North-South co-operation in healthcare is a win, win situation for everyone: for the patient, healthcare provider and tax payer on either side of the border.”NORTH MINISTER CONFIRMS CANCER UNIT ON TIME FOR DONEGAL PATIENTS was last modified: June 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NORTH MINISTER CONFIRMS CANCER UNIT ON TIME FOR DONEGAL PATIENTSlast_img read more