A Time for Seriousness as Ebola Returns

first_imgThe government of Liberia, through its Health Ministry (MOH) and Incident Management System (IMS), has been proactive and forthright ever since Saturday, May 9, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia free of Ebola transmissions. The MOH and IMS have constantly reminded and pleaded with the people of Liberia to continue observing all the preventive measures put into place to keep Ebola at bay. Many people have heeded the advice but some have not. There are too many people who have insisted on still shaking hands, touching and failing to observe the other mechanisms, even simple hand washing.It is only by God’s grace that we have so far been unaffected by the continuing outbreak of the virus in the two neighboring countries. Given the porous borders between our three countries, it is only by His grace that there has been no spilling over into Liberia, despite the fact that we have kept our side of the borders open. We think this is a good thing Liberia has done—keeping our borders open. Tomorrow our neighbors and the world will remember that we did not turn our backs on Guinea and Sierra Leone when we became Ebola transmission-free. We are sure they are already grateful for that.Now we must do two things more to help our brothers and sisters in Guinea and Sierra Leone. First, we must keep our promise, made by the President on May 9, by responding concretely to the challenge she announced—to help Guinea and Sierra Leone to drive out the virus. This newspaper has outlined a number of measures to this effect, and we are sure the Ellen government has its own. Secondly, let us in this country keep ourselves safe from the virus. Let there be no more infection spread. By effectively containing the virus and keeping ourselves and our people absolutely safe, we would be radiating (giving out, spreading out) hope. Our neighbors will be even more encouraged to do everything they can to drive out the virus. They will say, “Liberia has done it and is doing it and so can we.”We applaud Assistant Minister Nyeswah and the Incident Management System (IMS) for three things they have done in this latest reappearance of the virus. First, they have honestly and openly admitted it, rather than covering it up. Second, they have moved in quickly to test the victim before burying the body, and thirdly, the IMS immediately reactivated the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in the area.The IMS’ honesty in immediately admitting the resurgence is in keeping with its own advice made over many months to the Liberian people to report at once anyone suspected of sickness of any kind so that the person may be immediately tested to prevent a possible spread of the virus. WHO, we are sure, is saddened by the announcement but at the same time has great appreciation and respect for Liberia and its health authorities for their openness and honesty. Remember, honesty is the best policy. We suggest that the IMS should maintain other strategically placed ETUs to respond quickly to any other emergency or suspicion of one.Finally, we appeal to all our people, all our homes, all our businesses, all our places of worship and work, to keep the chlorinated water flowing for constant hand washing. We should also observe all of the other preventive measures, including avoiding touching, until the virus disappears again, this time for good! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agriculture groups urge USDA to quickly establish Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine bank

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University today called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move as quickly as possible to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank.At a press conference, these groups recognized the steps USDA has taken to establish the bank, but called for expedient use of mandatory funding included in the 2018 Farm Bill to purchase the volume of vaccines required to effectively contain and eradicate an FMD outbreak. Currently, the USDA, which has prescribed vaccination for dealing with an FMD outbreak, does not have access to enough vaccine to avoid devastating economic consequences to the U.S. economy, should an outbreak occur.“If the U.S. had a large outbreak of FMD, it may be impossible to control without the rapid availability of adequate supplies of vaccine,” said Dr. James Roth, a professor in the department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “The U.S. vaccine bank is our best insurance policy to respond to an FMD outbreak in the United States. As with most insurance policies, we hope to never use it, but it’s paramount that we have fast access to enough vaccine if we ever need it. The funding provided in the 2018 Farm Bill provides a good start toward building up a more robust FMD vaccine stockpile to help protect American agriculture.”FMD is an infectious viral disease that affects cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, pigs and sheep; it is not a food safety or human health threat. The disease is endemic in many parts of the world and would have widespread, long-term fallout for livestock and crop agriculture, including the immediate loss of export markets.“U.S. pork producers and other farmers are currently faced with a wide range of challenges, including export market uncertainties, flooding and other weather events,” said NPPC Chief Veterinarian Liz Wagstrom. “Unlike challenges beyond our control, a solution for FMD preparedness is in our grasp. We urge USDA to move as quickly as possible to establish the bank.”According to Iowa State University research, an outbreak would result in $128 billion in losses for the beef and pork sectors, $44 billion and $25 billion, respectively, to the corn and soybean farmers, and job losses of more than 1.5 million across U.S. agriculture over 10 years.“Livestock is a very important customer for U.S. corn farmers and each is crucial to the success of the other,” said Sarah McKay, director of Market Development at the National Corn Growers Association. “A foreign animal disease outbreak would have an estimated $4 billion a year impact on corn farmers, which would be disastrous on top of current market conditions. In addition, an outbreak may also impact exports of animal ag products. On average, pork exports contribute 28 cents a bushel to the price of corn, so the control of infectious diseases via a vaccine bank is important not only to livestock producers but corn growers as well.”last_img read more

Two Questions on Competitive Displacements – Episode 21

first_imgIt’s hard to take a client from your competitor. C asks two questions about how you take a trusted advisor relationship from a competitor and a question about a client that stops the process.The video that C refers to is Beating Good Enough (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNMLipcMyjI).last_img

Cong, Left targeting PM on false propaganda of intolerance

first_imgVadodara, Feb 27 (PTI) Union minister Uma Bharti today accused the Left parties of “singling out” Prime Minister Narendra Modi by raising the bogey of intolerance with the support of Congress.”Though communists are in minority they are occupying important positions in various fields and they are only attacking Modi on intolerance issue with the support of Congress which is out of power. Intolerance issue is nothing but a false propaganda against Modi,” Bharti said.The Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was here on a private visit.On the Ganga cleanliness project, Bharti said, “The Centre will implement a four-pronged programme in which as many as 1600 villages along the Ganga river stretch will be made free of filth by October”.”The government will implement the programme within six months and complete the first phase of cleaning the river by October this year,” she said.Bharti said the second phase will be attained within four years during which 6000 villages will be taken up for cleaning.”However, four things are to be taken into consideration while cleaning villages along Ganga river. They are the disposal of sewage water, diversion of drains flowing into the river, conversion of waste generating from the villages into fertilisers, and generation of employment by cultivating medicinal plants along the river,” she said. PTI CORR NSK ANPlast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock brands Liverpool and Clyne ‘a disgrace’

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock brands Liverpool and Clyne ‘a disgrace’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock has slammed Liverpool and Nathaniel Clyne over the fullback’s move to Bournemouth.Warnock has claimed he was “promised” Clyne would instead make a loan move to Cardiff until summer, before learning on TV of his Cherries switch.”I’m disappointed with Nathaniel Clyne and Liverpool,” Warnock said. “To see on TV he’s gone to Bournemouth when I’ve been promised he’s my player is for me a disgrace and a lack of class.”The Cardiff boss was speaking after watching his side lose 1-0 to Gillingham in the FA Cup. last_img read more