AllAfrica News: Liberia

Ebola Leaves Thousands of Orphans
[UN News]Amid a climbing death toll and widespread panic, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa leaving thousands of orphaned children in its wake, an official for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today, as a fortified UN mission arrived in the region to confront and contain the growing crisis.

U.S. Health Team Trains Liberia Airport Staff on Ebola Screening
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Centers for Disease Control team in Liberia has completed a training session on measures to combat Ebola with staffers of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) where certificates were presented to eleven staff members of the airport.

Non-Essential Government Employees Requested to Continue to Remain Home - Will Receive Full Pay and Benefits
[Liberia Govt]The Government of Liberia has extended the decongestion measure at all public institutions by requesting all non-essential government employees to continue to remain at home with full pay and benefits, until otherwise instructed.

U.S. Troops Not Here to Unseat Gov't
[Inquirer]United States Ambassador, Deborah R. Malac, has clarified that the United States Army is in Liberia to help the Government of Liberia fight the deadly Ebola virus and not to unseat the present government.

Liberians Use Artificial PPE to Aid Ebola Patients
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -With four ambulances lineup at the Medicine San Frontier-MSF run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) also known as ELWA-3, Lawrence Paye and four others arrived with their sick relative, wearing artificial Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) made of plastic bags.

Ebola Hits Lonestarcell/MTN - 1 Suspected Case Emerges
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -A female employee at LoneStarCell-MTN has reportedly been infected with the Ebola virus. A company representative told FrontPageAfrica that the company is bolstering existing preventive measures to curb any further infections.

Liberia Urged to Reject Immunity for Serious Crimes
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Anti- torture, anti-death penalty, prison reform educational NGO, Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT-Liberia) join national and international organizations with a presence in Africa working on human rights and criminal justice, together to express our deep dismay and opposition to the recent adoption by African Union (AU) member heads of states, at the 23rd AU summit, of an amendment to the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights that would preclude the African Cou

'No One Is More Grand Gedean ' - Dr. Barh
[New Dawn]In his recent communications addressed to Members of the Grand Gedeh County Legislative Caucus, Professor, Dr. S. Benson Barh, prominent Senior, ethnic/tribal citizen of Grand Gedeh County, wrote that "No one (Grand Gedean) is more Grand Gedean than the other (Grand Gedean)".

JFK Must Graduate From Its 'Apartheid-Like System'
[New Dawn]Out of the fear of the fear of the deadly Ebola virus disease, the doors of most private and public medical facilities in Liberia are either virtually closed or operating at a low scale. Even though many cases of deaths, especially during the current Ebola crisis, may largely be attributed to the poor healthcare delivery system or fear of Ebola, the attitudes of some health workers toward patients may also be a contributing factor.

Malaria Causing More Deaths - Ngafuan
[New Dawn]Liberia's Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan says the country has been left with inadequate resources, time and personnel to attend to other routine illnesses like malaria, typhoid fever and measles, thereby causing many more tangential deaths.

In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle of Ebola Contagion
[New Republic]The family of the sick man, who had endured Ebola's telltale symptoms for six days, took him by taxi to treatment centers here in the capital twice, only to be turned back at the gate each time for lack of beds. He died at home, his arms thrashing violently and blood spewing out his mouth, in front of his sons.

Police Lifts Quarantine On Several Officers
[New Republic]After a month long quarantine of several officers and family members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) at the Police Barrack in Monrovia, authority of the Liberia National Police have lifted said quarantine.

Health Workers Get U.S.$5,000 Benefit
[New Dawn]The Government of Liberian has announced a US$5,000 death benefit package for families of health workers who died in the Ebola fight across the country. Scores of health workers at various health centers have died while catering to Ebola patients, prompting some of their colleagues to abandon work in demand of better pay and incentives.

AFL Quarantined
[New Republic]Report reaching the New Republic revealed that in response to suspected cases of Ebola in the Edward Beyan Kesselley Barrack, the Ministry of Defense has with immediate effect quarantined soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Liberia - Lutheran Bishop Stresses Accountability
[New Republic]The head of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Bishop D. Jensen Seyenkulo, has urged Liberians to practice accountability because partners are counting on the "wise use" of resources entrusted to them.

The Deadly History of Ebola Outbreaks
[New Dawn]The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has rapidly grown into the largest and deadliest in history, claiming more than 960 lives so far in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The death toll is already more than three times higher than any previous Ebola outbreak. Experts say a number of factors have contributed to making this outbreak so much worse than those that came before.

Govt Condemns Health Workers At JFK
[New Dawn]The Government of Liberia has frowned at health care workers at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia for not being professionally active, which led to the death of the daughter of Montserrado County district #16 Representative, Edward Forh, over the weekend.

U.S. Military Brings in Mobile Ebola Testing Labs
[New Dawn]The United States military aircraft C-17 on Monday, September 29 landed at Roberts International Airport in Margibi County with key pieces of U.S. military supplies and equipment to aid in the anti-Ebola fight in Liberia. According to a press release, the supplies include two mobile Ebola testing labs and equipment to build 25-bed field hospital for health care workers.

House Suspends Session - Consoles Hon. Forh Over the Death of His Daughter
[Legislature of Liberia]Members of the House of Representatives Tuesday, 30 September 2014 suspended the 8th day sitting of the Extraordinary Session to converge at the home of Hon. Edward Forh to console and express regrets over the passing of his daughter.

Gov't Brings in 12 Ambulances
[Inquirer]The Ebola Case Management head and Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Service, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, has disclosed that 12 Ambulances recently procured by the Government of Liberia (GOL) are promptly responding to the Ebola outbreak in the country.

Because of Legal Question - Full Bench to Hear Chronicle Case
[Inquirer]The Justice in Chamber at the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja'neh, has reserved further hearings into the case involving the closure of the Chronicle Newspaper for the full bench of the Supreme Court. Associate Justice who was sitting in chambers for Associate Justice Philip Banks told parties yesterday that his decision was against the backdrop that some constitutional questions raised by the petitioner in the case 'The Republic versus Philipbert Brown, publisher of the Chronicle Newspaper' th

Liberia, African Development Bank Sign U.S.$11.4 Million Grant
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Government of Liberia and the African Development bank have signed an US$11.4M grant to support the government fight against the deadly Ebola Outbreak in Liberia.

Motorbike Rider Breaks Limps in Collision With Police Vehicle
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -A motorbike rider broke his legs at the intersection of Benson and Johnson Streets after collision with a Police vehicle. An eye witness told FrontPageAfrica that the victim of the accident who is a Guinean national from the Fula tribe was the cause of the accident because he was trying to escape from Police arrest.

Chronicle Newspaper Case Moves to Full Supreme Court Bench
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The case, including the National Chronicle Newspaper whose publication was suspended by the Government of Liberia has been moved to the full bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia after Acting Justice in Chambers, Associate Justice Kabineh J'aneh announced that he could not rule in the writ of prohibition filed by the Press Union of Liberia challenging the closure of the newspaper barely two months ago.

Spreading Ebola? Prayer Mother Shielding Sick in Bardnersville
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Despite a presidential mandate that no individuals or persons should keep sick people in the communities without informing health care workers, some religious leaders are still in the habit of keeping sick people in their places of worships, offering prayers. The Ebola awareness team in the Barnesville Township has alarmed that churches are harboring sick people, claiming that they could heal them.

Ebola Attacks AFL - Seven Admitted At ETU
[New Dawn]As the government and international partners intensify efforts against the deadly Ebola disease, the epidemic continues to spread in every loop and corner of the Liberian society on a daily basis.

CEMESP Demands West Point Shooting Findings
[New Dawn]The Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) has filed a Freedom of Information Request to Army Chief of Staff Daniel D. Ziankahn, for the findings of the investigative report on the August 20th shooting incident in West Point Township to be revealed to the public in order to allay the rumor mill that has greeted the process.

More Ebola Coverage
[New Republic]With treatment beds overflowing, the government is often left to simply pick up the bodies of the dead. As its six teams of body collectors crisscross this capital of 1.5 million people, navigating cratered streets left over from the 14-year civil war that ended in 2003, they encounter a city that is likely to remain at the mercy of Ebola for weeks, perhaps months.

'Who'll Care for Your Own'
[New Republic]As part of effort to participate and own the process of eradicating the Ebola virus, residents of Shara Community in Duport Road East have initiated a program to fight the menace that continues to claim the lives of many Liberians.

Lions' Clubs Take Ebola Fight to Buchanan
[Inquirer]As efforts intensify against the vicious Ebola virus in Liberia, a charitable organization, the Lions' Club of Liberia has taken the battle against the virus in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.