Nurses take care of a patient with Ebola hemorrhagic fever. AFP/WHO photo

Guekedou is a Guinean town on the border with Voinjama, Lofa County, in northern Liberia.

Ebola Threatens Liberia

At least 59 of out of 80 persons are now confirmed dead after coming in contact with the Ebola virus in the southern forest regions of Gueckedou and Macenta in Guinea, close to the Liberian border, Guinea’s government has confirmed. 

Reports of the virus trickling into northern Liberia suggest at least one Ebola-related death in Foya, Lofa County. Up to press time, officials in Lofa could not be reached for comment. Monrovia officials are also tightlipped, only stating that a press conference will be held Monday.

The three children, their mothers along with Doctors at JFK and Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health (third from left).

The three children, their mothers along with Doctors at JFK and Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health (third from left).

Mrs. Alice K. Ballah with her 9-month-old baby, Bradley, spoke on behalf of the mothers.

Nine-year-old Pewee Roberts said he can now play football.

Dr. Kateh said he was happy for the lives that were saved

Dr. Endale Tafera, Pediatric Cardiologist, Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons - LCPS

JFK Thanks Indian Hospital

Authorities of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) have expressed gratitude to their counterparts at Lisie Hospital in Karela, India for helping to save the lives of three Liberian children with congenital heart disease.

Dr. Felicite of WAHO and Dr. Cooper, Assistant Minister for Curative Services, speak at the opening program yesterday

Cross-Border Meeting on Epidemic Prone Diseases Opens in Monrovia

A three-day (Dec. 12-14) cross-border meeting on epidemic-prone diseases, including malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) opened in Monrovia at a resort yesterday with seven West African countries participating.

The participating countries are host, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Niger.

(L-R) Dr. Arzoaquoi, Rev. Sumo and Dr. Cooper launching the policy and media kit

Luwaga Liliane makes remarks on behalf of WHO

Health Ministry Launches National Policy and Strategic Plan on Health Promotion

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with its partners and with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the National Policy and Strategic Plan on Health Promotion.

The overall goal of the Policy, which began this year, will end in 2021, is to strengthen health promotion implementation at the national, county and community levels. The National Policy addresses the social determinants of health and aims to improve the quality of health in line with the Government of Liberia’s “Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System.”

Professor Oye Gureje, Director – WHO Collaborating Center for Mental and Sustenance Use Disorders

Set Aside 5 percent of Nat’l Health Budget for Mental Health

A visiting Nigerian mental health specialist has urged the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Health, to set aside at least five percent of its national health budget for mental health in the country.

Professor Oye Gureje, Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Mental and Sustenance Use Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, told the Daily Observer in a Daily Observer recent interview that although the five percent would not be enough, but that “it would be a good startup.”


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