FOUR EBOLA CASES CONFIRMED IN BONG

first_imgThe County Health Officer for Bong County, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi has confirmed four cases of the Ebola virus at the Phebe Hospital.Addressing journalists recently in Gbarnga, Dr. Azoakoi explained that a nurse working at the Phebe Hospital was confirmed of the virus while four other health workers were suspected of the disease.The County Health Officer informed journalists that statistics has established a total of eight suspected cases, five probable total cases and four confirmed cases reported.Dr. Azoakoi was swift to notify reporters that the confirmed and suspected cases have already being transferred to Monrovia at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare testing and treatment centers.He lamented that the nurse whose name was not disclosed contracted the virus while catering to a patient suspected to have died from the Ebola disease at the Phebe Hospital early this month.The County Health Officer named the lack of chlorine, training for health workers, myth and entrenched disbelief of many people about the existence of Ebola, church and church related organization failure to use the pulpit to preach anti Ebola messages, and limited funding to create more awareness on the disease as some major challenges confronting the county health team in combating the disease.“Can you imagine we have only one ambulance in the county?  So, if a confirmed case is being taken to Monrovia, we have to wait for the ambulance to return before taking any person whether suspected or not” Dr. Azoakoi emphasized.   Commenting on protective equipment for health workers in the county, the health officer said the Ministry of Health and partners have made available some defensive gears for health workers in the county, but was quick to state that equipment were not enough to cover everyone.The Liberian Medical Practitioner told newsmen that the county health team in collaboration with its partners was doing everything possible to ensure that all health facilities will remain functional despite the reported cases of Ebola in the county.At the same time, Dr. Azoakoi has called on nurses and health workers in the county not to turn down patients who are coming to the hospitals for treatment.Meanwhile, Dr. Azoakoi has warned residents of Gbarnga against the doubting of the existence of the deadly Ebola virus.Signs and symptoms of Ebola include, fever, nausea, tiredness, headache, vomiting diarrhea, coughing and bleeding. He told journalists that despite the number of deaths reported in recent times, there are some people in the county who are persistently denying the existence of the virus.The County Health Officer described the act as barbaric and said has the propensity to spread the disease, making it difficult to fight the virus.He then encouraged community residents to join the County Health team to increase the fight against the disease and urged them (residents) not to stay away from the hospital.In March of this year the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed the existence of the Ebola virus in the country and advised the public to take preventive measures since there is no cure for it.The Ministry warned the citizens against the consumption of bush meat especially monkey meat, fruit, bats and chimpanzee, and encouraged them to always take the sick to the hospital.The World Health Organization reported that more than 500 people have died from the disease which started from neighboring Guinea and to Sierra Leone and Liberia early this year.This is the largest number of deaths from the Ebola disease since it was discovered in 1976 in former Zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hughton issues complacency warning

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that their biggest challenge in 2019 will be trying to avoid complacency.Brighton are sitting comfortably in 13th place in the Premier League table after amassing 25 points from 20 matches so far.But Chris Hughton has stressed the need to maintain their level of play as the second half of the season starts.“The biggest challenge is always complacency – in every game, we played in this division we are faced with tough opposition and that’s a reminder each week that if we don’t reach a level we can get punished,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“That’s always there for us, we’re still in our second season in this division and our aim is to maintain our status in the league and develop and grow as a club.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We’ve worked very hard to be where we are now, and we have to be respectful that every single game we play is a difficult one – there’ll be bigger and more experienced teams than us that will find it difficult – there are reminders every week in this league about that.”“My feeling is that we have to continue in the same mentality, the gap between ourselves and the bottom three will always be the most important thing for quite some time to develop as a team.”last_img read more

Facebook is adding petitions to your news feed

first_imgA sample Community Action, as seen on a phone.  Facebook/Screenshot by CNET Feeling passionate about a cause? Facebook is launching a tool that lets users post and sign online petitions right in their news feeds.The social network will start rolling “Community Actions” out to its US users on Monday. It’s been testing the feature for several weeks in a couple of markets, TechCrunch first reported Sunday, and is building on that existing pilot.The feature has been used, for example, for a moratorium on drilling in Colorado and efforts to improve pedestrian safety near a library in Philadelphia. Users have the option to simply click “support,” but they can also share related personal testimonies and videos if they want. Elected officials and government agencies tagged on a Community Action will be notified and can respond. Those officials and agencies can also launch their own Community Actions.The move is part of a larger effort by the social network to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a Facebook spokesperson said.”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” the spokesperson said. In the past, activists have been able to post petitions to Facebook via third-party platforms like Change.org or Causes.com. Community Actions simplifies the process and gives Facebook direct oversight to monitor and take petitions down if they violate its community standards. Facebook has been criticized in the past for allowing inauthentic content on its site that’s intent on stirring up emotions around divisive issues.   NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice 2 Facebook Tags Internet Politics Commentslast_img read more

More Than 15000 Texas Families Still In Temporary Housing After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /01:12 Listen Wikimedia CommonsFEMA has deployed more than 800 trailers for Texans displaced by HarveyMore than 15,500 Texas families or individuals are still in temporary housing at more than 1,200 hotels.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended their stay to January 16th and it could be extended again.FEMA has been following up and is notifying people about their continued eligibility this week.“It’s based on their application,” the agency’s Bob Howard said. “Whether or not they still have a need for temporary housing, if they have been able to find other, more permanent housing, if they have been able to do repairs on their house.”In addition to hotel rooms, FEMA –in cooperation with the Texas General Land Office— is working to provide mobile homes and trailers.More than 700 families are currently in these mobile units, another 83 trailers are ready for move-in, and 58 are in the process of being connected.“It’s not just putting a unit out there and then people move in,” FEMA’s Ken Higginbotham said. “The unit has to be set up to see if there’s plumbing, electrical hook-up.”So far, more than $11 billion in state and federal resources have been approved for Harvey victims. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share last_img read more

ESignatures Streamline the Contract Process

first_imgFebruary 22, 2011 This story appears in the March 2011 issue of . Subscribe » You know the drill. You and a client agree on terms. You send out a contract and it sits. You give a reminder call, and the client finally inks the contract–but the scanner is broken, so the contract sits some more. By the time it’s in hand, you’ve worked months with no legal umbrella.There’s no reason to live with that scenario anymore. Technology has made signing with electronic signatures (e-signatures) a real option.The legal framework for acceptance of e-signatures has been in place since the passage of the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act in 2000. Many larger businesses have adopted the practice, but delivery models have been too cumbersome and expensive for most smaller outfits, until recently.With the software-as-a-service model, a solution that integrates with PDF and Word documents costs as little as $10 a month. In fact, with the release of Adobe’s free beta for eSignatures, it may be possible to jump on the e-signature bandwagon for no upfront cost.The adoption of e-signatures could help you reap dividends during the sales cycle. A study of 472 organizations by the Aberdeen Group found that users of e-signatures were 50 percent more likely to show improved customer renewal rates. They were also 41 percent more likely to reduce proposal errors and 18 percent more likely to shorten their sales cycles.”A key challenge facing businesses is achieving cost-effective sales growth,” says Peter Ostrow, Aberdeen research director. “Users of electronic signature technology outperform non-users in areas that significantly impact sales growth.”  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more