West Pointers Attack Ebola Treatment Center

first_imgAll hell broke loose on Saturday night when several residents of the densely populated slum community of West Point in Monrovia, broke into a quarantined center for suspected Ebola patients in the community. The protestors looted every item they could lay their hands on at the center. Eyewitnesses accounts say, the protestors looted items such as clothes belonging to the nurses, patients’ mattresses, beddings, cooking utensils and as well as the medications and other essential health facilities. According to reports, at least 20 patients, who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease, fled the center, and health personnel are yet to locate them up to the present. Other narrations confirmed that blood-stained beddings looted from the center posed a serious infection risk to members of the community and all those who may come in contact with such looted items.The protesters were reportedly unhappy that suspected Ebola patients were being brought in from other parts of Monrovia and its immediate environs to the center for treatment. This action by Liberia health authorities reportedly prompted the rampage by the protestors, a community member told this paper late Sunday, August 17, in the township when our reporter visited the affected area.Other reports suggested that the protesters believed the Ebola virus was a hoax (trick), and had wanted to force the quarantine center to close or be relocated out of the township of West Point.The now vandalized center was set up recently to observe suspected Ebola patients and then transfer them to a main treatment facility if they should prove positive, an official from the Ministry of Health ans Social Welfare told the Daily Observer via mobile phone late Sunday.It is not known if those at the center were infected with the virus. However, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told a news conference Sunday that everyone at that center were all suspected and none had proven to positive, despite unconfirmed reports at least two had proven positive.Other residents say the Saturday night raid and looting spree by aggrieved community dwellers could spread the virus to the whole of West Point.Notably, West Point is Liberia’s most populated slum community, estimated to contain well over 50,000 inhabitants, among them, some aliens and foreign nationals that engage in business ventures. The current outbreak of the Ebola in Liberia is said to be the deadliest since the disease was discovered in 1976 in East Africa. This present epidemic began in Guinea in February this year, and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.On Friday, the death toll rose to 1,145 after the WHO said 76 new deaths had been reported in the two days to 13 August. There have been 2,127 cases reported in total.The attack at the health facility in West Point is seen as a major setback in the government efforts to curb the outbreak. A few days ago, Representative Solomon George of Montserrado County electoral district #7, threatened to transport four corpses of people believed to be infected with the disease in the area to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the Office of the President is located. Political actors are therefore attributing Saturday’s looting of the center to something that might have been sanctioned by the lawmaker.  Meanwhile, other residents of the Township have in the strongest terms condemned the action which resulted in the facility being vandalized. In a statement issued Sunday, a copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the residents termed the protestors’ action as an act of ‘misguided individuals.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal Centra employees honoured at National Awards Ceremony

first_imgThe third annual Pride of Centra Awards ceremony took place in Killashee Hotel in Co. Kildare yesterday where 17 Centra employees were honoured for their passion and commitment they have shown in the workplace in 2016.Two of the shortlisted candidates are Donegal employees; Ronan Cunningham from Centra Killybegs was nominated for the Pride of Centra Employee Award category while Máirtín Kelly from Centra Mountain Top was nominated in the Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award category.Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country. These 17 Centra employees were selected as finalists out of 11,000 staff employed in Centra stores across the country, demonstrating the significance of their achievement. Ronan Cunningham received his nomination for the customer relationships he has built. 2016 was also a great year for Ronan as he combined his love for music and his role at Centra! He wrote a football song in support of the Ireland team heading to the Euros entitled ‘Nous sommes the Irish’ with customers becoming big fans.Máirtín Kelly was honoured in the Outstanding Contribution category for his work with people with disabilities and under privileged colleagues and customers in his store. He is an inspirational leader that has cemented his business as a truly open and inclusive member of the community in Mountain Top.Four category winners were: • Pride of Centra Employee Award – Sean O’Shea from Centra Dooradoyle, Co Limerick• Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Celine Cassidy from Centra Bridgetown, Co Wexford• Pride of Centra Store Manager Award – Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd), Co Cork• Pride of Centra Outstanding Contribution Award – Eileen Lynch from Centra Carnmore, Co GalwayThe 17 finalists represented nine counties; Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, charity organisations, customer service and engaging activities in-store.Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Luke Hanlon, HR Director of Centra, said; “It has been a really exciting year for Centra with our new ‘Live Every Day’ brand positioning which encourages people to make the most of every day and the finalists here today have been key in bringing this to life.“We are extremely proud of the 11,000 staff members who represent the Centra brand and these awards are important in recognising outstanding staff members commitment to their customers and their local community. Their dedication is very important to us as we understand the strength they bring to the Centra brand and today we show our appreciation of that. I would like to congratulate all our finalists on this wonderful achievement.”Donegal Centra employees honoured at National Awards Ceremony was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Centralast_img read more