AllAfrica News: Liberia

U.S.-Run Field Hospital for Ebola Stricken Health Workers Discharges First Patients
[U.S. Embassy Monrovia]Monrovia -The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps has announced that two patients, both Liberian healthcare workers, were released Monday from the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU). Both patients have recovered from Ebola and are virus-free.

Speedy Ebola Test Among UK Projects Given Grant
[SciDev.Net]A portable device to test bodily fluids for Ebola in under an hour and anthropological training to help foreign health workers work more effectively with local people in West Africa are among five research programmes being funded by the UK's Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust.

China Unveils State-of-the-Art Ebola Treatment Unit
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -China on Tuesday shocked Liberian government officials when it dedicated the first of its kind durable Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia. Officials of government and eyewitnesses at the ceremony held at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville, were speechless when the 100-bed ETU was unveiled, with some even suggesting that the facility was too sophisticated to treat Ebola patients.

Senate Rejects Health Minister Nominee
[FrontPageAfrica]Like his predecessor, Health Minister designate, George Werner is bracing for a challenge, though, as his confirmation process got off to a rocky start Tuesday with an outright rejection by the Liberian senate which has rejected the nomination by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

EU Disburses EUR 22 Million in Budget Support to Liberia
[European Commission]The European Union (EU) has approved the disbursement of EUR 22 million (approx. USD 27.2 million) of budget support to help the Government of Liberia to scale up its efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus in Liberia.

New Health Minister Rejected
[New Dawn]Members of the Liberian Senate have overwhelmingly rejected the newly appointed Health Minister, Mr. George Werner.

Ellen Proposes to China
[New Dawn]President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf wants Liberia and China to reflect beyond bilateral accomplishment and examine further potential cooperation to restoring Liberia's overall health care system and economic recovery as Ebola gradually declines here.

Ellen Impressed With Chinese Ebola Center
[Inquirer]President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has praised the China Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) describing it as the best in the country because of its quality.

Transferred Aggression?
[Observer]Credible information gathered by the Daily Observer reveals that the Liberian Senate has resolved to "reject" all presidential nominees based on "political differences with President Johnson Sirleaf."

Ebola - December 1 Target for Response May Not Be Met in Some Areas, UN Reports
[UN News]The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that while Ebola response targets for December 1 in West Africa may be reached in many places, they may not be met in some areas, and confirmed two new cases in Mali amid ramped up efforts to reduce the likelihood that additional cases will be imported from neighbouring Guinea.

Senate Rejects MOH Nominee Werner
[Observer]The Liberian Senate through recommendations from the Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs, yesterday unanimously voted in executive session to reject Minister of Health-designate George Kronnisanyon Werner.

New Health Minister Faces Colossal Challenges
[Observer]The new Health Minister comes into office facing more serious, even colossal challenges than any of his predecessors.

Monrovia Medical Unit Aids Health Care Workers in Ebola Fight
[State Department]The United States has been engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak since the first cases were reported in March and on November 5, as part of our whole-of-government response to the Ebola crisis, we opened the Monrovia Medical Unit, which will provide care to any health care workers who become infected with Ebola while treating patients.

EJS Not Backing Rob? Urges Support for UP Candidates
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -In a move seen as a last ditch attempt to appease a fragile ruling party, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Monday Urged Unity Party members to Support the party's Candidates in the upcoming senatorial elections.

Frontpageafrica, BBC Partner to 'Kick Ebola Out of Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -"Kick Ebola From Liberia" is a new, weekly BBC Media Action radio programme in Liberian English produced in partnership with Liberian media houses including Front Page Africa. The show is aired on stations across the country and addresses an array of issues, misconceptions and advice. It focuses not only on providing information, but encouraging collaboration and supporting Liberians as they band together throughout the crisis.

Dutch Vessel Docks in Monrovia With 3.6 Million Worth of Ebola Supplies
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -A Dutch Navy vessel, the Karel Doorman, carrying vital supplies to the three countries worst hit by Ebola in West Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has docked at the Freeport of Monrovia.

Attempted Robbers of LBDI Go On Trial in Liberia
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -Five men accused of attempting to rob the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) branch in the JJY Community in Gardnerville last November during broad day have gone on trial at Criminal Court "D" at the Temple of Justice.

Residents Return to Water Transport
[NEWS]The difficulty being experienced by commuters in Monrovia as a result of inadequate commercial vehicles is apparently forcing some residents to risk their lives over the Mesurado River in makeshift canoes to get to and from Central Monrovia. Mesurado River divides Monrovia from the industrial area of Bushrod Island.

Senatorial Election Will Not Be Credible
[NEWS]Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, a longstanding economist and politician, has declared that the senatorial elections scheduled to be held on December 16, 2014 will not be credible.

Senate Rejects Health Minister-Designate
[NEWS]The Liberian Senate on Tuesday rejected the nomination of George K. Werner as Minister of Health and Social Welfare.

Political Leaders Should Be Anti Ebola Campaigners
[NEWS]Campaign For The Special Senatorial Election is well underway and the euphoria of the poll is taking the general public quite by storm. The process is getting interesting, and so far, there has been no report of a major incident. Although, there have been cases in which some parties and their supporters were engaged in acts that are inimical to our young democracy, notwithstanding, the process remains largely peaceful.

U.S. Envoy Hails Collective Partnership in Ebola Fight
[LINA]U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has said the American Government is "proud to be a part of the efforts" in support of Liberia and its partners because it takes collective efforts to resolve the Ebola crisis.

Pres. Sirleaf Opts for Enhanced Bilateral Ties With China
[LINA]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for enhanced bilateral talks between the Governments of Liberia and China to forge additional cooperation between both countries.

Pres. Sirleaf Throws Weight Behind UP Senatorial Candidates
[LINA]In the wake of the official launch of the campaign for the special senatorial elections, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated candidates contesting on the ticket of the ruling Unity Party (UP).

The Issue of 'Crowd Politics' During Campaign
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BIN Outlines Achievements
[Inquirer]The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) has said that as part of its responsibility to enforce the collection of all immigration-related fees from migrants in Liberia, it has collected over US$ 3m for the Government of Liberia between July to October 2014.

MCSS Announces School Feeding Program
[New Dawn]The Monrovia Consolidated School System or MCSS has disclosed plans to embark on a school feeding program in the coming academic year as a means of attracting more students and keeping them in school.

U.S. Envoy Hails Global Efforts Against Ebola
[New Dawn]U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac, has praised the international community for working together to combat the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa. Ambassador Malac made the commendation during an inspection tour of an Ebola Treatment Unit being built in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.

Cassell Reiterates Call to Stop Violence Against Women, Children
[Observer]The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women. Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday.

Ambassador Malac Praises Partners' Efforts
[Observer]With the reported decrease in the cases of Ebola virus infections, the construction of more withholding centers and Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) has continued in several areas of the country.