NPA Donates to Health Centers in Buchanan

first_imgThe port authority of Liberia in continuation of its humanitarian support to health centers in the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), has donated several assorted materials to the Government owned hospital and the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital as well as a local clinic in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Hospital beds and beddings were among the items donated by the National Port Authority (NPA) on Sunday, October 26.The NPA management also gave L$85,000 in support of a fundraising for the official launch of the Grand Bassa Traditional Ebola Awareness Video initiated by Grand County District # 3 Rep. Gabriel Smith in partnership with NPA and other institutions.Speaking during the ceremony, NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker disclosed that 50% of the money for the Ebola awareness video was donated by the Dock Workers’ Union of Liberia.She also commended the NPA workers for their innovation and thoughtfulness in ensuring that the hospital beds and beddings were ready for delivery to the needed health centers on time.The Dock Workers Union of Liberia comprises the port workers of Liberia. The NPA boss, who was accompanied to Buchanan by the leadership of the Dock Workers Union and senior management staff, said the donation is NPA’s way of identifying with the health centers of the County.According to Ministry of Health, Grand Bassa County has reported 36 Ebola deaths so far and the county now has fewer cases.Madam Parker lauded the heath officials of Grand Bass County for their valuable sacrifices towards the eradication of the deadly Ebola epidemic.The Ebola virus has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa and infected over 10,000, the World Health Organization says.In a dispatch from Buchanan, Madam Parker urged the citizens to do more in the eradication of the disease.The ceremony was attended by Grand Bassa County Officials, heads of the medical institutions and representatives of several institutions.Buchanan is the second largest seaport in Liberia owned and controlled by the NPA.  NPA management considers Buchanan key and is seeking to develop its infrastructure to international standards.On Friday, October 24, NPA also donated 10 beds and 20 beddings to Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga Bong County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Backpacker charged with concealing birth of her baby is allowed to come

first_imgUpdated 10.50 pmTHE IRISH WOMAN who is facing charges in Australia for concealing the birth and death of her child has been given permission to return home.A Perth court ruled today that the 25-year-old backpacker can come back to Ireland as she waits for legal proceedings to get underway in Western Australia.According to ABC News, Australian law requires all births to be reported, even if the baby dies of natural causes.It is understood the woman gave birth in the small and sparsely populated town of Halls Creek in the Outback in May.She had not realised she was pregnant and did not tell anybody what had happened for a number of days. When her friends found out, they reportedly brought her to hospital where members of staff told police. She was subsequently charged with concealing the birth of a child.Lawyers for the woman today argued that she needed to be with her family for support and the court agreed to return her passport.The charge, which police said they have no intention of changing, could mean a two-year prison sentence.Police also opposed allowing the woman to return home but the judge said there were “serious concerns” for her welfare if she did not have her family close by. Chief Magistrate Steven Heath also noted there was no chance of another offence.Australia has extradition arrangements with Ireland, so the question of her returning for the October hearing was not of much concern to the magistrate.The court released her on bail of $5,000 bail. She is also required to pay a $1,000 cash deposit.Speaking to ABC when the case first came to light, the Western Australian Criminal Lawyers Association President said  it was unusual and added that police had some flexibility to show leniency.“The police need to ask themselves two questions before they charge someone: first, is there a reasonable prospect of conviction; and second, is it in the public interest for us to charge them – and that requires them to weigh up a whole degree of factors,” she said.First published 10.50 pmMore: Irish backpacker charged with covering up death of newborn in Australian outbackRead: Comic depicting Irish nurses in Australia sparks anger onlinelast_img read more