AllAfrica News: Liberia

Researchers Develop Quick Ebola Diagnosis Device
[RFI]The new tool, developed by France's Atomic Energy Commission, could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes.

Ebola Vaccines to Be Tested
[UN News]Amid positive developments in the global fight against Ebola, including a growing response to the Secretary-General's appeals for the more funding to tackle the outbreak, the United Nations health agency today announced the expected delivery of Ebola candidate vaccines, as the UN system continues to ramps up efforts to quell the spread of the deadly virus.

Less Than 400 Ebola Cases Nationwide - Official
[Observer]Restrictions on the movement of people, quarantining of communities and positive response to the frequent washing of hands and avoiding infested dead bodies have helped to reduce the infection rate of the Ebola virus throughout Liberia, according to Mr. James Dorbor Jallah, Deputy Incident Manager for support services at the Incident Management System.

Ebola Survivors Filling Gaps for Orphans
[FrontPageAfrica]Decontee Davis, serving lunch to the kids in the dining room of a new center run by Ebola survivors for Ebola orphans, immediately stopped and ran upstairs upon hearing two-week-old Sam cry. Little Sam was crying to have his diaper changed. "As soon they [two babies] are crying, when we are in the kitchen or doing something else, the children will yell and say 'your children are crying", Davis said. Sam's father died from the Ebola virus, while his mother is critically ill at the Ebola Treatment Unit run b

Anti-Ebola Response Gathers Pace
[Deutsche Welle]The World Health Organization is to hold an emergency meeting as the global community ratchets up its response to Ebola. Liberians have told DW the help was commendable, despite delays.

Fear Still Lingers in Village Ravaged By Ebola in Bong County
[FrontPageAfrica]Barlaketela -The signs of a deadly struggle remain: Scattered around the houses of the Ebola dead lie empty pill packages, their plastic casings punched through. Nearby in the mud are used packets of oral rehydration salts. The pills did not work and the hurried trip to the hospital, if there was one, came too late.

Ebola Fight - AFL, U.S. Troop to Upgrade Buchanan Air Strip
[FrontPageAfrica]Buchanan -The Deputy Chief of Staff and Commanding General of the Arm Forces of Liberia (AFL) including some members of the US troops at the head of a high power military delegation over the weekend toured and inspected the air strip in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to begin major enlargement of the facility.

'Explore Resigned Justice Minister's Assertions'
[Observer]The Chairman of Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, has said that it is incumbent upon his fellow Senators to explore the assertions made by former Justice Minister Christina Tah upon her resignation.

Sirleaf Seeks U.S. $144 Million Post-Ebola Loan
[Observer]Amidst news of steady progress in the containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has killed over 3,000 persons and imposed a severe strain on the economy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the ratification of a 4th Loan Agreement this time to the tone of US$144 million for "the country's development agenda after the Ebola outbreak".

Five Arrested, Charged for Theft of Ebola Food Supplies
[Observer]The Nimba Detachment of the Liberia National Police has charged County Health Workers for theft and criminal conspiracy in connection to the theft of about 200 bags of 25kg rice, 10 bags of beans and 15 containers of vegetable oil, intended for Ebola victims.

Another Doctor, Another Widow and Five More Orphans
[Observer]The medical profession in Liberia and the nation as a whole have again been terribly hit by Ebola. It was announced last weekend that Dr. Thomas Scotland on Saturday succumbed to Ebola in the JFK's Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). This brings to six the number of medical doctors we have lost to Ebola, in a nation already woefully doctor-starved.

Counselors Gongloe, Gould Differ Over Suspension of Rights
[Observer]Cllr. Theophlius C. Gould, president of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) and Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, a human right lawyer, have expressed diverse opinions on Article 87 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, which talk about suspension of rights under a state of emergency.

U.S. NGO Empowers Caldwell Ebola Task Force
[New Dawn]As local and international efforts intensify in support of the fight against Ebola, which has taken thousands of lives in Liberia and the sub region, an American non-governmental organization, "More Than Me" has joined the fight.

Children Disproportionately Affected By Secondary Impact Ebola, Warns UNICEF
[MediaGlobal]UNICEF Crisis Communications Chief, Ms. Sarah Crowe informed the media about the Ebola situation in Liberia at a conference held at United Nations Headquarters last Friday.

Confirmed - Seven AFL Soldiers Succumb to Ebola
[New Dawn]Authorities at the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia have confirmed the death of several soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia after they contacted the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.

UNDP Supports Contact Tracing in Communities, Population Hailed
[FrontPageAfrica]Monrovia -The Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme in Liberia has urged Community dwellers to support efforts being made to increase contact tracing and identification in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the Country.

Ebola Cases Dropping From 10 to 3 Daily
[Inquirer]Cases of Ebola are said to be dropping from 10-3 per day at various Ebola Treatment Units in the country.

CDC Holds Workshop for Five County Officers
[Inquirer]The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently trained several participants from five southeastern counties on the prevention of the deadly Ebola virus.

Gbowee Foundation Provides Ebola Contact Tracing Education, Distributes Us$45,000 for Awareness Initiatives
[Observer]In their efforts to end the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country, the Gbowee Foundation for Peace in Africa last Friday ended a one-day training for Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Those trained will be tracing and finding people, who have come in direct contact with Ebola-infected sick persons.

Africare Delivers U.S.$180,000 Medical Supplies to Two Hospitals in Bong
[Observer]Africare/Liberia recently presented US$180,000 worth of medical supplies to Phebe and C.B. Dunbar Maternity hospitals for the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Duke University, Project Liberia Ebola Donate 15,000 Lbs. Medical Supplies
[Observer]Project Liberia-Ebola (PLE) and the Duke University have facilitated the donation and airlift shipment of PLE's largest consignment of medical supplies to date, according to a release.

Kaba Accuses Fifa of Discrimination Against Liberia
[Observer]Another Liberian delegation to an international gathering in Dar El Salam, Tanzania to participate in FIFA referees course has been asked not to make the trip.

Cleveland Area Schools Cancel Classes Over Ebola Concerns
[Observer]Like Liberia and Sierra Lone, Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School were closed as precaution because an unnamed middle school staffer reportedly flew on the Frontier Airlines plane that a Dallas nurse previously used, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.

U.S. Envoy - Poor Road, Infrastructures Hamper Ebola Fight
[Heritage]Monrovia -The Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) accredited to Liberia, Deborah Malac, has attributed poor road condition and poor infrastructures as some of the major challenges that hamper the US troop's effort in reaching the all 15 counties of Liberia.

139 Persons Qualified to Contest Special Senatorial Election
[Heritage]Monrovia -The National Elections Commission (NEC) is today, Monday, October 20 publishing the final list of candidates for the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.

Commerce Minister - Liberia's Economy Could Face Greater Threat If...
[Heritage]Monrovia -The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel M. Addy, has alarmed that the Liberian economy could face greater threat if nothing is done to eradicate the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) before 2015.

Unleashing Africa's Girl Power
[New Dawn]Maputo -Sub-Saharan Africa's economies have boomed in recent years. But the headline figures often mask longer-term problems - not least, an over-reliance on natural resources and chronic inequalities. Inclusive, sustainable growth is achievable, but only by tapping the continent's greatest reserve of energy and creativity: African women and girls.

Bassa Belt Gives Back to Kinsmen
[New Dawn]The Bassa Belt Association has begun an initial step in providing relief to citizens and residents of Grand Bassa County in a humanitarian mission that began over the weekend in Compound One and ended in the port city of Buchanan, amidst cheers and a deep sense of appreciation from the beneficiaries.

Ellen Wants More Money to Fight Ebola - Writes Lawmakers to Ratify Loan Agreements
[Heritage]Monrovia -President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has advanced several loan agreements to the 53rd Liberian Legislature to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia.

Commerce Ministry Seizes Large Quantities of Rice, Others On Market
[Observer]The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has seized unspecified quantities of rice and other basic commodities business houses in Monrovia. The items were seized from "unscrupulous business entities" on the Liberian market, an official from the Ministry said.