Fighting Ebola, ending stigma: The story of an Ebola frontline fighter in Liberia

first_imgMonrovia, 17 January 2015- Ebola fighters are arguably some of the bravest people in the world. Their resilience and persistence to combat a disease that has no known treatment or cure has been hailed everywhere. However, they remain subjected to stigma and discrimination by some of their neighbors and relatives who fear they could spread the virus. MSF’s Ebola fighter, Jackson K.P. Naimah, a physician assistant, tells his story:My wife and I live a lonely life. Our neighbors have barred their children from playing with our children – our home is a ‘no go zone’ for them. Some of them have gone as far as suspending speech with me and my wife. We’ve been isolated because we are both health workers. I work as a physician’s assistant at MSF’s ELWA 3 Ebola Management Center in Paynesville, and my wife works at the John F. Kennedy Hospital as a midwife. People accused us of being carriers of the disease. If we fall victim, will they rejoice and be happy we’re dead and gone?I lost my niece and my cousin to Ebola in July last year. But that did not discourage me from volunteering for Médecins Sans Frontières to combat the virus in Liberia over the past five months. I felt the urge as a trained physician assistant to save the vulnerable lives that have been struck. The task has not been easy. In this battle, one must always keep on the safe side or risk joining the victims. We’re not fighting Ebola blindly. We’re fighting it with our conscious-minds. Safety on the frontline depends on your carefulness and straight adherence to protocols. Mistakes are not permissible here. You constantly have to remind yourself of the things you’re ought to do in order to not get infected through touching an infected person or object.My family understands what I’m doing and supports me. Still some of our neighbors and friends do not get this. They ostracize us. It sometimes makes me wonder whether I am working for or against society.Every day spent at the Ebola management center has been heartrending. One moment a patient survives and you celebrate and then in a split second, you see another patient whom you talked to over a couple of hours ago wrapped in body bag. You finish your day emotionally devastated and psychologically traumatized. And when you return home hoping to have some gentle conversations with your neighbors and relax your mind with friends, they give you cold-shoulder instead. This feels like an unfair punishment. The people whom we work for don’t appreciate us.  I am actually looking forward to the day some of the patients I cared for will thank me for helping to save their lives. A few colleagues have left their job because of stigma. But I take this as a challenge. We cannot abandon the treatment centers. There’ll be no one to care for patients if we do. It’s our responsibility. We have hope, we are proud and we will remain very careful.Before joining Medecins Sans Frontieres Ebola Emergency mission in Liberia in August last year, Jackson K.P. Naimah worked as a vaccine co-chain officer in Liberia’s ministry of health and social welfare.For more information, please contact National Communications Officer, Adolphus Mawolo on +231 (0) 0775065941 or via email at MSFOCB-Monrovia-natCom@brussels.msf.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Accused proclaims innocence after jury finds him guilty

first_imgAgricola roadside robbery/murderThe weeks-long murder trial of Agricola native Jermaine Savory reached its conclusion on Wednesday evening, with the accused proclaiming his innocence after the 12 member-jury unanimously found him guilty of the shooting to death of Melissa Payne who was killed during the course of a robbery on November 5,Murdered: Melissa Payne2008.The State’s case was that Savory – in the company of at least one other person, allegedly murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola on their way to Georgetown in an effort to correct a mechanical fault of the Toyota Canter truck, GHH 5399, in which they were travelling.The jury returned its verdict after three hours of deliberations during which further directions were requested. Just before 18:00h, Savory was found guilty and had a look of astonishment and disbelief, telling the Judge, “I’m innocent, I didn’t kill nobody.” Justice James Bovell-Drakes adjourned the matter to January 15, 2018, when the accused will be sentenced after his probation report is read to the court. After the verdict was handed down, Savory’s relatives were equally astonished at the jury’s decision and were heard murmuring as they left the court.Reports back then were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h that morning, armed bandits approached them. Fraser managed to escape, but Payne, from Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, was eventually shotFound guilty of murder, Jermaine Savoryafter refusing to hand over her bag, which reportedly contained some $100,000 in cash and other valuables.After she tried to escape with her handbag, the bandits had swiftly pursued her and opened fire; they then made off with the bag and her gold chain. Payne subsequently died while being transported to hospital.Savory was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay; while the Prosecutors for the State were Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt.last_img read more

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Main witness testifies in $550M cocaine bust

first_imgThe lengthy testimony of the key witness in the $550 million cocaine bust of May 2017 at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Tuesday began before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.The key witness, Hakeem Mohammed, gave his testimony to the court against the five accused – Tazim and Nazim Gafoor; Sherwin DeAbreu; bike racer, Stephen Vieira; and wanted man, Naraine Lall – as to his involvement in the trafficking of some 84.9 kilograms of cocaine discovered by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks in a shipment of wood in front of his Lot 227 Zeelugt, EBE premises.Leading the witness, CANU’s Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford questioned him in the presence of Attorneys for the accused, Glenn Hanoman, Latchmie Rahamat, andFrom left: Sherwayne DeAbreu, Stephen Vieira, Nazim Gaffor and Tazim GafoorDexter Todd.However, in his attempt to halt Mohammed’s testimony, Hanoman turned to his knowledge of the Evidence Act Section 59, disclosing to the witness that anyone called to give evidence that will expose him to criminal charges could refuse to do so.This did not deter Mohammed from revealing what he knew of the drug trafficking group. He gave his account of events which led to the day of the discovery of the drugs by the CANU ranks.Mohammed testified that he was hired by Naraine Lall to work at his sawmill in Parika, EBE, to assist with electrical issues and cleaning machinery.While there, he testified to seeing various men including DeAbreu, John Corby, one called “Rasta” bringing cocaine, which were hidden in garbage bags andWanted man: Naraine Lallwhich were shown to him by Tazim Gafoor, at the sawmill. Tazim Gafoor, he was told by Lall, was his partner.He revealed that Vieira who they (employees at the sawmill) called “white boy” would visit the sawmill to inspect the cocaine operation. According to Mohammed, he saw him at least four times.The cocaine was stashed in a special room at the sawmill and later transferred into the consignment of wood which he (Mohammed) used a machine to dig out.He testified to assisting Tazim Gafoor and “Rasta” in stashing the cocaine inside the wood. After being properly concealed, the wood was left to be shipped.However, on the day of the bust, he explained that his brother drove the truck which contained the wood with the cocaine while he drove another truck with five bundles of wood to the Guyana National Shipping Corp (GNIC) dock.The truck being driven by his brother however broke down on its way. MohammedThe stashed cocaine discoveredrevealed that it was later that he was told by Tazim Gafoor and Vieira that they had document issues and the truck had to turn back.He noted that on that said day, that is May 12, 2017, the reported broken down shipment of wood was taken to his residence to be kept when CANU ranks showed up and made the discovery.Following his testimony on Tuesday, the accused was crossed examined by Attorneys Latchmie Rahamat and Nigel Hughes.Rahamat and Hughes in their questioning suggested that the story Mohammed told to the court was made up.The matter will continue on February 10.The five accused were all charged and remanded to prison in May of 2017 with aiding Hakeem Mohamed between March 1 and May 12, 2017, in trafficking 84.9 kilograms of cocaine at Narine Lall’s Sawmill at Lookout, Parika.They were all later granted bail.last_img read more

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Driver surrenders, to face 6 charges

first_imgUitvlugt hit-and-runThe driver of the motorcar, which sped off after hitting a 23-year-old pedestrian, who subsequently died on the Uitvlugt Public Road, West Coast Demerara, has turned himself in to Police and is expected to face a sleuth of traffic-related charges.The abandoned car found at VergenoegenAccording to Police, the 25-year-old suspect of Tuschen Old Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), surrendered on Saturday shortly after authorities found an abandoned Toyota 192 motorcar without registration plates at Vergenoegen, EBE. The vehicle, PKK 7495 which is registered to a resident of Parika, EBE, was found to be tinted and several of its documents expired.The suspect has since admitted to his involvement in the accident, claiming that the pedestrian ran into the path of his vehicle. He is nevertheless being processed for court at Leonora on Monday since the post-mortem examination on the deceased is expected to conclude earlier the same day.Among the charges to be instituted are causing death by dangerous driving; unlicensed motor vehicle; uninsured motor vehicle; tinted motor vehicle; failure to stop after an accident, and failure to render assistance.Reports are at about 22:30h on Thursday, 23-year-old Chapil Dave Kumar of Leonora Village, WCD, was killed while standing on the southern side of Uitvlugt Public Road, waiting to cross the road. The motor car was proceeding West on the southern carriageway when it struck Kumar and drove away.At the time of the accident, Kumar was with his wife. She did not sustain any injuries.The young man’s sister, Sariyana, told this newspaper that her brother and his wife had left home to purchase food earlier in the evening. The aggrieved woman related that her brother was severely injured since he was dragged some distance away causing one of his legs to be severed.The injured young man was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.The now dead man is father to a three-year-old and would have celebrated his 24th birthday on Saturday last. Additionally, he and his wife are expecting their second child.last_img read more

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Police find no fault in Kiskatinaw crash

first_imgRichard says there were no alcohol-related charges issued in connection with the collision. By Christine Rumleskie The Dawson Creek RCMP detachment says no charges have been filed in connection with a fiery two-vehicle accident on Sunday, March 28th.- Advertisement -A small car and a tanker truck collided on the south end of the Kiskatinaw Bridge early that morning.The tanker truck was carrying a concentrated chemical used to clean out wells, and quickly caught fire.One of the drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries.But Corporal Richard with the Dawson Creek RCMP says the investigation concluded with no charges being filed, and fault will be determined by the insurance companies.Advertisementlast_img

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Arsenal and Liverpool-linked striker insists he is happy at Juventus

first_img1 Alvaro Morata Arsenal and Liverpool target Alvaro Morata has cooled talk of a return to Real Madrid.The frontman has hit three goals for Juventus this season – including two in the Champions League – and has become a fans’ favourite in Turin.The Spaniard, who turned down a move to Arsenal before joining Juve in the summer of 2014, has a clause in his contract which allows Real to take him back to the Bernabeu.But the 22-year-old – also said to be on Arsenal and Liverpool’s radar –  would prefer to remain in Italy for the time being.“What the papers say about there being a buyback clause for me to go back to Real Madrid is true,” Morata told Radio Marca.“However, some things are more important than clauses and a person’s happiness must be considered.“If we win the Champions League final at the San Siro then I will walk back to Turin.”last_img read more

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Street likes team’s chances

first_img“I have my gold forever and no one can ever take it away from me,” Street said. These days, the American ski team feels a different sort of weight: None of its Alpine skiers has won a gold medal since Street in 1998. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardThe team was shut out at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The American women had no medals at all, and Bode Miller won the men’s only medals with silvers in the giant slalom and combined. The last U.S. man to win Olympic gold in Alpine skiing was Tommy Moe in the 1994 downhill at Lillehammer, Norway. Street retired after the 2002 Olympics, where she finished 16th in the downhill. She’d like to see this American drought end at next month’s Turin Games. “I think definitely this is one of the strongest teams I’ve ever seen,” she said. “There are medal opportunities in every discipline for sure. The women’s giant slalom is probably the weakest but other than that, it’s looking good. In some we’re looking at two-three opportunities per discipline. It’s pretty impressive.” One of Street’s favorites is Daron Rahlves, the winner of three World Cup downhill races this season. He matched her U.S. record of nine career victories in the discipline with his triumph on Lauberhorn last weekend. “I have such high hopes for him. I want him to win an Olympic medal so badly,” Street said. “I love him. He’s such a good dude. He’s an all-around good athlete, nice guy, respectful and loyal yet real and cool. ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Picabo Street remembers the surprising weight, how heavy it felt to have the super-G gold medal slipped around her neck by French ski great Jean-Claude Killy at the Nagano Olympics almost eight years ago. The medal – black onyx etched with inlaid gold and hanging from a bulky blue and gold ribbon – is usually out of sight now, juggled from safe to safety deposit box between the occasional public appearance. center_img “Bode is hard to predict. I’m looking forward to the Bode Show like everyone else.” Among the women, Street looks to friend and protege Lindsey Kildow, the winner of two downhills this season. Kildow placed fourth three times at the worlds last winter in Bormio, Italy, sobbing when she was beaten out for a podium spot in the downhill. “Lindsey has a good in opportunity to medal, and with her world championship experience, she will be OK,” Street said. Street also likes what she sees in Julia Mancuso. “Miss Cool, Julia Mancuso, is just cool enough to come in and ride it,” she said. “She’sexperienced enough in Olympics and world championships to stay cool.” Kildow knows she owes a lot to Street. “She put me under her wing when I came onto the team,” Kildow said. “I met her when I was 9 years old, and she gave me the motivation and kind of the goal to be in the Olympics and win an Olympic gold medal.” 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

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HISTORY MAKERS AS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SET UP ALL-DONEGAL MacLARNON CUP FINAL

first_imgST Eunan’s College gaelic footballers have set up an all-Donegal final for this year’s MacLarnon Cup.The Letterkenny lads put on a masterful display in Garvaghey, Co Tyrone, tonight to ease past Belfast’s St Malachy’s College in the semi-final of the tournament.It sets up a mouth-watering final clash with Colaisti Inis Eoghain who won their semi-final last week. St Eunan’s dominated right through the game, winning 4-10 to 0-05 with goals from David Tyrell, Niall O’Donnell, Dara McDaid and Rory Carr.Fifteen-year-old corner forward O’Donnell was our man of the match, with a superb display from McDaid. HISTORY MAKERS AS ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE SET UP ALL-DONEGAL MacLARNON CUP FINAL was last modified: February 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:MacLarnon CupSaint Eunan’s CollegeSt Malachy’s College Belfastlast_img read more

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Sanchez to leave Man United, Morata’s Chelsea exit, Liverpool in for Arsenal ace

first_img IN DEMAND 4 REVEALED Sanchez has been woeful for United since joining the club in January targets moving on TOP WORK The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 4 Jose Mourinho wants to sell Alexis Sanchez as soon as Manchester United can find a buyer for the Chile winger. Sanchez was dropped from United’s 18-man squad for Saturday’s defeat at West Ham. (Star) Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST 4 three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 4center_img talkSPORT.com bring you all the latest transfer related news and biggest football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online, which you can see below… Alli’s absence is a huge blow for Spurs Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest transfer news targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED Mourinho himself could be set to leave Old Trafford, with a number of United’s staff believing the Portuguese will be sacked as the club’s manager this week. (Daily Mail)Paul Pogba is also being linked with a departure from United, with Barcelona keen on the France midfielder. However, they would prefer to sign him next summer rather than in January. (Sunday Express)Chelsea may consider selling Alvaro Morata, the forward, in January if Juventus table a formal bid for the Spain international. (Sun)Liverpool are showing interest in Aaron Ramsey following the news the midfielder will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Mirror) Terry left Aston Villa at the end of last season after they failed to win promotion to the Premier League Manchester City are willing to break the world transfer record to sign Kylian Mbappe, the France international, from Paris Saint-Germain in January. (Sun)David Luiz has revealed the only reason he stayed at Chelsea was because Maurizio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte as the Stamford Bridge club’s manager. (BT Sport)John Terry will reportedly return to Chelsea after agreeing an £800,000-a-year deal to become the club’s Under-23 manager. (Sun) Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…EXCLUSIVE: ‘Jose Mourinho is losing the plot, Manchester United must sack him and spend £200m in January’, claims former England full-back Micky GrayManchester United news: ‘You don’t deserve to wear our shirt!’ – Fans slam Paul Pogba for performance against West HamTottenham Hotspur news: Dele Alli out of Barcelona clash after suffering injury setback Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Carabao Cup fourth-round draw: Frank Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea draw DerbyArsenal news: Aaron Ramsey snubs manager Unai Emery after substitutionlast_img read more

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BUDGET 2012: MacLOCHLAINN FEARS FOR LETTERKENNY GENERAL

first_imgSINN Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn said today that he fears for the future of Letterkenny General Hospital as half a billion euro was today slashed off the health budget.Deputy MacLochlainn said the local hospital was “the most efficient in the country” yet it faced an overspend of €8M this year.“The cuts announced today are just not sustainable. The Government needs to explain how they can make half a billion euro worth of cuts in the health area and expect hospitals to continue,” he warned. He said ‘best practice’ was being kicked to one side because of the recruitment ban, pointing out that a diabetes expert was needed in Letterkenny but hadn’t been hired.“That leaves 161 children in Co Donegal without access to that care which and therefore not being treated as best practice says,” said Deputy MacLochlainn.Minister Brendan Howlin earlier announced €543m is to be cut in health, with extra charges on private treatment in public hospitals, and 2% ‘efficiencies’ in disability, mental health and children’s services.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBUDGET 2012: MacLOCHLAINN FEARS FOR LETTERKENNY GENERAL was last modified: December 5th, 2011 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:budget 2012Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnhealth cutsletterkenny generallast_img read more

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