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MONROVIA, November 21 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Government and People of the Republic of Lebanon on the occasion commemorating their 71st Independence Anniversary.
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Gender and Development Minister Julia Duncan Cassel has challenged Liberians to bring perpetrators of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) to justice.
Minister Cassel said the need to increase accountability for SGBV cannot be overemphasized, noting that policy makers at both national and international levels must prioritize ensuring that accountability remains the key focus of violence against women.
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The Assistant Minister for Curative Services at Department of Health Services, Dr. Saye D. Baawo has released on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 released update on efforts of the Ministry of Health in restoring routine Health Services throughout the country since the outbreak of the dead Ebola Virus. Dr. Baawo made the disclosure in Monrovia at the Ministry of Information Regular Press Briefing.
The Assistant Minister for Curative Services pointed out that assessment has been conducted in the 15 counties to inform the development of a comprehensive plan on Building a Resilient Health System in Liberia and that 23 public health facilities and 27 private health facilities have received 1st quarter disbursement of funds provided by the government last year for the restoration of essential health services in the initial 5 highly affected counties. Number of beneficiaries health facilities from this subsidy – 50 (23 public and 27 private) He outlined the following which are done by the Ministry of Health:
- 8,162 Non-ETU health-workers in public health facilities were paid by MDFP for Hazard Pay for Sept. 2014
- 8,387 Non-ETU health-workers in public health facilities names are being paid for months of Oct-Dec 2014
- TRIAGE system has been established in most health facilities in but only 374/657 health facilities have constructed either permanent or temporary structure for triaging patients
- completed the assessment of 45 prioritized health facilities for permanent triage construction out of the targeted 675 in 15 counties and report will be available by next week
- Professional staff selected by the CHT from each district as requested by MOE participated in TOT to train for teachers in all districts in the 15 counties on Protocol for Safe School Environment in Ebola Outbreak
- Conducted assessment in the 15 counties to inform the development of a comprehensive plan on Building a Resilient Health System in Liberia
- Opened the Redemption and JDJ Hospital Maternity and Pediatric wards after completion of renovation with support from partners. The JFKMC has also opened its wards for admission of medical, OB, pediatric and surgical cases
- Communication devices have been procured for installation in 10 ER of hospitals in Monrovia to improve communication and referral link between the National Dispatch Center using 4455 and various health facilities in Montserrado County
- 19 new 4x4 Land Cruiser ambulances have been turned over to MOH by UNICEF for distribution to hospitals in the 15 counties. The following hospitals and health centers have received and will received ambulances. The government will be also supporting ambulance support to faith-based supported hospitals
- 10 experienced ETU professional nurses were deployed into the 4 health facilities (Benson, SDA, Pipeline and Mawah) to mentor other health workers following the treatment of patients with undetected EVD in these facilities
- Conducted WASH Assessment in 655 targeted health facilities (public and private) . This will held to improve WASH interventions in these facilities (medical waste management, water supply, sewage system, etc)
- Support for health care waste management in the first 47 health facilities (18 hospitals, 12 health centers and 17 clinics) in the 15 counties to be funded by UNICEF
- HCW from 577 out of 624 HF (95%) have received training on Infection Prevention & Control (IPC)
- 598 out of 624 HF has infra-red thermometers for monitoring patients temperature before assessing HF (96% of HF)
- 23 public health facilities and 27 private HFs have received 1st quarter disbursement of funds provided by the government last year for the restoration of essential health services in the initial 5 highly affected counties. Number of beneficiaries HF from this subsidy – 50 (23 public and 27 private)
- Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunization (PIRI) in 15 Counties
- Field activities conducted from December 18-22, 2014 and February 2-6, 2015 in 517 health facilities in the 15 counties and lasted over 5 days each
- Campaign targeted age 0-11 months for all routine antigens, 9-59 months for measles vaccines and 6-59 months for vitamin A
- Total number of children (9-59 months) reached was 109.069 out of the 551,364 targeted for measles vaccine (20%) for 1st Round
- Total number of children (9-59 months) reached was 166,985 out of the 551,364 targeted for measles vaccine (30%) for 2nd Round
- Coverage was also low for Vitamin A supplementation at 26%
- Recruitment and Deployment of Health Workers into Health Facilities
- 38 medical doctors who have completed internship have been deployed for training in emergency surgery and assigned to 22 public and faith-based hospitals in the 15 counties
- Twenty five unemployed midwives (retired and new graduates) have been recruited and undergoing Basic Live Saving Skills Training to be deployed into 5 counties (Montserrado, Bomi, Margibi, Bong, Bassa) with support from UNFPA
- Completed the TOR and posted on UNOPs and Executive Mansion website the advertisement for the recruitment of 109 FMTs to support service delivery in all county hospitals, post-graduate program and the College of Medicine, UL
- Completed the development of a Detailed Implementation Plan for essential health services delivery in public health facilities in 7 counties – (Maryland, Rivergee, Grand Gedeh, Grand Cape Mt. Gbarpolu, Rivercess and Bomi)
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[Protocol] Excellency Antonio Gutiérrez, UN High Commissioner for Refugees,Representatives of UNHCR and other UN Agencies, Ministers of National
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(MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Wednesday, August 27, 2014) The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have renewed their commitment to working with Liberia in its fight against the ravaging Ebola virus disease now plaguing the sub-region.