More and more pointing statements are coming out on this Ebola Virus Disease that has struck West Africa and is now making in roads in the United States of America and Spain. The statements point to refuting the claim that this deadly virus originated in bats and was transmitted to humans after eating the meat of these animals.

Here are a few statements:

“There is no natural disease called Ebola,” according to Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad, minister of health and human services for the Nation of Islam. He called Ebola a “weaponized virus” rooted in chemical and biological weapons research by Germany in the 1930s and perfected in the United States. It is a weapon that can be used to depopulate, weaken and dominate nations, he said.

There are “stories of the U.S. Department of Defense funding Ebola trials on humans, trials which started just weeks before the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The reports continue and state that the DoD gave a contract worth $140 million dollars to Tekmira, a Canadian pharmaceutical company, to conduct Ebola research. This research work involved injecting and infusing healthy humans with the deadly Ebola virus,” according to Dr. Cyril Broderick, a professor of plant pathology at Delaware State University and a Liberian national. His thoughts were contained in a piece published in an online edition of The Daily Observer, a newspaper in Monrovia.

“Disturbingly, many reports also conclude that the U.S. government has a viral fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Kenema, a town at the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa,” he added.

Dr. Broderick listed research into Ebola and similar viruses conducted in West Africa, and Liberia, by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, “a well-known centre for bio-war research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland;” Tulane University through the National Institutes of Health; the Centers for Disease Control; Doctors Without Borders; UK-based GlaxoSmithKline; and the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

The Defense Dept. is named as a “collaborator in a ‘First in Human’ Ebola clinical trial … which started in January 2014 shortly before an Ebola epidemic was declared in West Africa in March,” he wrote. And, he added, “Theguardian.com reported, ‘The U.S. government funding of Ebola trials on healthy humans comes amid warnings by top scientists in Harvard and Yale that such virus experiments risk triggering a worldwide pandemic.’ That threat still persists.”

But, Dr. Broderick added, “Africa must not relegate the continent to become the locality for disposal and the deposition of hazardous chemicals, dangerous drugs, and chemical or biological agents of emerging diseases. There is urgent need for affirmative action in protecting the less affluent of poorer countries, especially African citizens, whose countries are not as scientifically and industrially endowed as the United States and most Western countries, sources of most viral or bacterial GMOs that are strategically designed as biological weapons. It is most disturbing that the U.S. government has been operating a viral hemorrhagic fever bioterrorism research laboratory in Sierra Leone. Are there others? Wherever they exist, it is time to terminate them. If any other sites exist, it is advisable to follow the delayed but essential step: Sierra Leone closed the U.S. bioweapons lab and stopped Tulane University for further testing.”

“The ebola pandemic began in late February in the former French colony of Guinea while UN agencies were conducting nationwide vaccine campaigns for three other diseases in rural districts. The simultaneous eruptions of this filovirus virus in widely separated zones strongly suggests that the virulent Zaire ebola strain (ZEBOV) was deliberately introduced to test an antidote in secret trials on unsuspecting humans,” charged writer Yoichi Shimatsu, in an online piece called “The Ebola breakout coincided with UN vaccine campaigns.” The cross-border escape of Ebola into neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia indicates something went terribly wrong during the illegal clinical trials by a major pharmaceutical company, he wrote. Mr. Shimatsu puts Doctors Without Frontiers “under a dark cloud of suspicion because its distribution of a two-step anti-cholera vaccine.”

“After exposure to the ebola virus, a patient shows symptoms of high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, no less than 8 days later and more likely after two weeks. Re-arriving on schedule, the covert drug-testing team administers the anti-ebola antibodies as ‘the second dose of cholera vaccine.’ The perfect crime of illegal human testing should have gone off without a hitch,” he wrote.

“The U. S., Canada, France, and the U. K. are all implicated in the detestable and devilish deeds that these Ebola tests are. There is the need to pursue criminal and civil redress for damages, and African countries and people should secure legal representation to seek damages from these countries, some corporations, and the United Nations. Evidence seems abundant against Tulane University, and suits should start there,” Dr. Broderick wrote.

According to Dr. Muhammad, the Ebola virus comes out of the Defense Dept. bio-weapons program in Fort Detrick, Md., during the 1970s. The late leader of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, was approached by a U.S. contractor with the Department of Defense associated with biological weapons research at Fort Detrick, said Dr. Muhammad. The company was contracted to field test the HIV virus and needed a population of people to conduct the tests on, he continued.

They chose Eastern Zaire at the time, but President Mobutu refused the plan, he said. “In retaliation they released a virus that later became known as Ebola” in a village near the Ebola River that had a 90 percent mortality rate, charged Dr. Muhammad. That was 1976 and the first occurrence of Ebola-in what was then Zaire-now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he said.

“Since then every outbreak of Ebola had been a deliberate act of bio-warfare against a population,” said Dr. Muhammad.

A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer to screen Muslim pilgrims for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Sept. 18.

In a national security memo dated December 10, 1974 titled, “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for the United States Security and Overseas Interest,” Henry Kissinger, then the secretary of state, wrote: “The United States economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries.”

The policy paper “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” by the Project for a New American Century,” noted: “The art of warfare will be vastly different than it is today. Combat likely will take place in new dimensions. Advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes, may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”

Pharmaceutical companies and their interests.

ZMapp, an experimental treatment developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., in limited use, appears to have been effective in treating Ebola. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, two medical workers operating in Liberia, were treated with ZMapp in the U.S., and appeared to have improved dramatically within 30 days. Although ZMapp had not passed the initial human trial stage, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency access to ZMapp in order to treat Mr. Brantly and Ms. Writebol. Prior to their treatment ZMapp had not been used at all on human beings, officials said. Officials are cautious about the success of the treatment made from Ebola antibodies, however, plans are in motion to produce more and quickly.

“It is too early to know whether ZMapp is effective or not, since it is still in an experimental stage and it has not yet been tested in humans for safety and effectiveness. Some patients infected with Ebola virus do get better spontaneously or with supportive care. However, the best way to know if treatment with the product is efficacious is to conduct a randomized controlled clinical trial in people to compare the outcomes of patients who receive the treatment to untreated patients. No such studies have been conducted. It’s important to note that the standard treatment for Ebola remains supportive therapy,” according to a statement from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS announced September 2 that “development of a medication to treat illness from Ebola will be accelerated” upon ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority entering into an 18-month contract with Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. with funding at $24.9 million. The contract can be extended up to $42.3 million. Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., established in 2003, has received other government contracts and grants for the last decade, which raises the questions: Why hasn’t it been tested in humans sooner? Why was the supply so limited in the first place? Who determines who gets it and how much will it cost?

It does not appear that any Blacks have received the treatment, however, The Final Call will continue to monitor ZMapp’s development and use within ethnically specific test populations.

Author Harriet A. Washington condemns the motivations of some pharmaceutical firms in her latest book “Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Takeover of Life Itself.” Pharmaceutical companies in Africa see a sort of “scientific Manifest Destiny,” except it involves the appropriation and patenting of actual human beings for Western advancement not the advancement of Africans, she wrote.

“Centuries ago, colonial aggression was fueled by a desire for inanimate resources such as jewels, fuel, minerals, but it now turns on biological riches, that is on plants, animals and medicines and even on human capital in the form of genes, tissues and cell lines,” wrote Ms. Washington, also the author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.”

A global call to action and sending soldiers

President Obama spoke about the Ebola outbreak to the United Nations General Assembly and other meetings Sept. 25 announcing efforts to help the international community halt the movement of the disease beyond Africa. “The Ebola virus is spreading at alarming speed. Thousands of men, women and children have died-thousands more are infected,” said President Obama.

Days earlier, he announced “Operation Unified Assistance” and the commitment of 3,000 troops to join CDC personnel on the ground dealing with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

“We will not stop, we will not relent until we halt this epidemic once and for all,” said the president.

Critics say President Obama’s military commitment harkens back to U.S. desires for population control and militarization and dominance over Africa to ensure access to the continent’s resources.

“What does Africa need today, troops or doctors?” asked political analyst Dedon Kimathi. “Troops cannot solve the problem of Ebola, doctors can.”

Mr. Kimathi views the president’s actions as a “sham” and prelude to increased militarization of West Africa through the U.S. Africa Command, which works with military personnel in several nations, the African Union and regional security organizations.

The United States has dedicated resources to address the crisis, committing more than $175 million to date to fight the outbreak.

While the Defense Department declined to get into specifics regarding the makeup of the military personnel being deployed to the affected area in West Africa, a DoD official responded to The Final Call via email noting the U.S. military’s overall supporting effort is planned for about six months but they are prepared to provide support for as long as needed. Some preventive measures are taken prior to enlisted troops being deployed to an area.

“All DoD personnel receive regionally-specific training before deploying. Personnel are receiving training on Ebola prevention, malaria prevention, other medical threats, and medical readiness requirements,” wrote the DoD offical in an email. “The prescribed list of required immunizations for a deployment to Africa includes: Chickenpox; Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B; Influenza, Meningococcal; Yellow Fever; Tetanus; Typhoid; Measles; Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Polio; Rabies, for veterinary and certain other personnel; and Pneumococcal, for any specific health issues or anyone over 65 years of age.”

In contrast to America’s perceived militarized response, Cuba sent 165 doctors and nurses. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged an aid package $32.54 million for affected countries and dispatched supplies, 115 medical experts and dozens of laboratory specialists, according to Xinhua News Agency.

On social media, an international #EndEbola hashtag campaign started. Sierra Leone widened its Ebola quarantine as West African death tolls topped 2,900. More people died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa than in all previous Ebola outbreaks combined since 1976.

The World Bank Group announced Sept. 25 that it will nearly double its financing to $400 million to help the worst-affected countries, to build stronger health systems and to train more healthcare professionals. Inadequate supplies and health care infrastructure are cited by medical analysts and others as primary reasons for continued spread of Ebola in West Africa. Funding will be used to buy supplies, personal protective equipment, infection prevention control materials, fund health worker training, and provide hazard pay and death benefits to Ebola health workers and volunteers. Over 300 local health workers have been infected and over half of them have died.

Many believe the playbook advocated by National Security Advisor Kissinger to depopulate the earth by several billion people-particularly in Africa and Asia-is still operational. Mr. Kissinger in his writings called for “creating conditions conducive to fertility decline” and an annual increase of funding to all federal agencies for biomedical research.

The U.S. has an undeniable history that demands concern: In 2010, the U.S. apologized for government medical researchers intentionally infecting hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60-years-ago. The infamous Tuskegee Experiment resulted in hundreds of Black men being denied treatment for syphilis. That U.S. study lasted four decades. Mass sterilization involving the United States, the Puerto Rican government and the medical community began in the 1930s. According to research by demographer Harriet Presser, and by 1965, 34 percent of Puerto Rican mothers ages 20-49 had been sterilized, the highest rate ever documented for a population. Weeks ago dozens of children in Syria died after receiving tainted measles vaccines at UN operated clinics.

Some Africans have attacked clinics and hospitals and so-called Ebola Care Centers suspicious that Ebola originated from places affiliated with foreign military, intelligence and foundations. Some foreign aid workers were met with backlash from Africans because of distrust, panic, and dissatisfaction with how the crisis has been handled.

“I think the local people … are correct, they are not being paranoid, they are actually pinpointing the source of this infection,” said Dr. Abdul Alim Muhammad.

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President Obama makes the US Case to aid the Ebola fight

President Obama makes the US Case to aid the Ebola fight


On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, President Barack Obama of the United States of America outlined the United States of America’s initiative to fight the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa. Rightly describing it as a crisis that has the propensity to create a global catastrophy, President Obama offered the United States assistance in fighting and eradicating the virus. Around 3,000 American soldiers will be sent to the West African Region to offer assistance. They will come in with logistics and medication, build mobile hospitals and train healthcare personnel, among others.

The initiative has spurred in Liberians the hope for success in the fight against this deadly virus. It is no open secret that the Government of Liberia alone cannot fight and win the battle against Ebola, an unprecedented formadable enemy. No wonder the President of Liberia has fully embraced the initiative.

Sadly, there is mixed reaction to the gesture of the US Government. Some speaking on Talk shows have expressed their distrust of the move. They are even adding their own sinister interpretation to it. That a military force is not needed to fight a disease or virus. Others have come to the defense of the measure and manner of the US Government. These ones understand that the American military does not only bear arms to shot at enemies but are fully staffed with high level medical, engineering and administrative personnels to undertake a variety of tasks, even like the fight against the Ebola virus Disease.

TWO SAVES IN ONE MOVE

The US Government has made a smart move that is turning out into two saves. The first save is that the US Government under President Barack Obama, a Demoncrat, is moving to save the US image tarnished by its failure to act appropriately in the 1990’s and bring an early end to the Liberian Civil War that finally lasted for almost 14 years. Liberians and many other nationals felt that the Government of the United States, then in charge of a Republican President, George W. Bush, failed the Liberian people miserably. While Britain moved quickly to end the Civil War in Sierra Leone, the United States sat by and watched as over 150 thousand Liberians died as the civil war raged on. So this act by President Obama saves Amearica’s image. It is finally seen as living up to its rightful role towards this nation that has paid patronage to it.

The second saving would be that of the Liberian people themselves when the war against the deadly Ebola Virus is jointly fought by the Americans and Liberians and finally brought to an end without further decimating the Liberian populace. Its early end would also allow for the country’s economy to try and rebound after being depressed by the slow down and in some cases halt of economic activities.

Situation Overview

 According to the MoHSW, as of 18 August (the date of the latest MoHSW SitRep), the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases reported in Liberia during Outbreak #2 now stands at 964 (228 suspected, 500 probable and 236 confirmed).

 These numbers reflect an alarming continued rise in reported cases in Liberia, which currently has the highest number of cases and rate of increase, indicating that the scope and severity of the outbreak appears to be worsening in recent weeks, and pointing to the critical need to strengthen response measures. Liberia has also emerged as the country with the highest number of cumulative (suspected, probable and confirmed) deaths of the four affected countries in the sub-region (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone).

 On 16 August, community members in West Point, Monrovia dismantled and looted a temporary holding centre that had been established to isolate suspected cases in the community. During the incident, 17 patients reportedly escaped, and medical supplies and equipment were stolen. On 19 August, the Government reported that all 17 patients had been tracked down; however, there are conflicting reports on the location of these patients.

 On 18 August, the expanded ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Montserrado County began receiving its first patients. The expanded facility now has the capacity to accommodate 120 patients; however, as the figures indicate, this capacity will soon be overwhelmed.

Declaration of Nationwide Curfew/ Quarantine of West Point and Dolo Town

 In response to the growing number of cases, on 19 August, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf outlined additional measures to limit the spread of EVD. Among the measures, the President declared a nationwide curfew, effective 20 August, from 2100 hours to 0600 hours, until further notice. The President also ordered the closure of all entertainment centres, and limited the operating hours
of video centres to 1800 hours.

 In addition to the curfew, the President also declared a quarantine of two of the worst Ebola affected communities, one in West Point, Montserrado County, and the other in Dolo Town, Margibi County. Under the quarantine, security forces have been deployed to limit all movement into and out of both communities until further notice. “These measures are meant to save lives and make the
Government’s efforts to combat this disease more effective and timely,” the President pointed out.

 On the morning of 20 August, Liberia National Police intervened to disperse a crowd that had gathered in West Point community, agitating to be allowed to leave the quarantined area. Police reportedly fired shots in the air and teargas to disperse the crowd, who had begun throwing stones and resisting security forces. A few injuries were reported, and the situation remains volatile.

Restriction of Access to South-Eastern Counties

 In a separate declaration, the Government of Liberia announced road restrictions into and out of the south-eastern region, including Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe to stop the spread of Ebola into these Counties. According to the order, the Government has established a checkpoint manned by Armed Forces of Liberia personnel at the boundary between Nimba and Grand Gedeh
Counties (approximately 85km northwest of Zwedru), to enforce the restriction. Authorities announced that vehicles belonging to the UN, humanitarian agencies, and those carrying food will not be affected, but will be checked.

(Courtesy of UNICEF-Liberia)

The recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, beginning in remote parts of the Republic of Guinea, has triggered a question – How?

The first occurrence of the virus was some thirty eight years ago (1976) in a place, Democratic Republic of Congo, now called Zaire, that is some 2,500 miles (4,000 KM) from Guinea. From the time of the outbreak, the blame has been placed squarely on the heads of bats and monkeys, or primates, as some reports have generalized. If these are the carriers, as have been suggested, how did it now come to be in West Africa with no trail in countries neighboring Zaire? It is unlikely that bats and monkeys would travel without resting, eating and intermingling with others of their kind.

The absence of a trail in countries between Zaire and Guinea therefore suggests that the occurrence in Guinea was a deliberate injection of the virus into the Guinean citizens. Why this conclusion? Prior to the outbreak, it is reported that MSF and WHO had embarked on a cholera vaccination campaign in remote villages in Guinea. The areas targeted were the prefectures of Fodorécariah, Boffa, Boké, Mamou, Koya, Dubréka and the city of Conakry which were seen to be most affected by an outbreak of cholera where 655 cases had surfaced with 41 deaths. It was reported that the vaccination was a two treatments exercise. The second vaccination was scheduled to take place two weeks after the first.

What was the likely reason for this two treatment exercise? It is not uncommon for cholera vaccines to be administered twice. For example, the Dukoral of CSL Limited and Crucell Sweden AB was administered twice but within six weeks interval.

So why the two weeks interval for this vaccination campaign in Guinea? The first was the injection of the Ebola virus into the participants. Thereafter, within a period of two weeks the person would come down with high fever, vomiting and the likes of the symptoms of Ebola. Then the vaccinators would return in two weeks and administer the second vaccine which was effectively a trial serum against the Ebola Virus Disease that was being tested, using humans as ‘Guinea Pigs’. Under the deception of administering cholera vaccine, MSF and WHO knowingly injected the Ebola Virus into Guineans who stood in long lines to receive this vaccine believing that it was for their good health, against the cholera outbreak.

What went wrong? MSF and WHO, who initiated the exercise though with the acquiescence of the Guinean Government, anticipated that it would take nearly two weeks, (14) days, for the Ebola virus to begin to take effect. Not counting the apparent weakness in the bodies of impoverished inhabitants with undernourished bodies, the symptoms of the virus began to take effect barely eight days after the first infectious ‘vaccination’. The resultant effect was that those who fell sick earlier, and they were many (Boffa is estimated to have had 150,000 inhabitants), could not join the lines to take the second vaccination which was the test antidote serum. This then led to the simultaneous mass outbreak of the disease in several villages. As healthier villagers took care of the bodies of their dead country men, they too fell prey to the deadly virus. And the spread began to reverberate as relatives visited their beloved sick ones, cared for them or even buried them inclusive of all the burial traditions and returned to where they were resident.

THE BATS AND MONKEYS CARRIERS COVER-UP EXPOSED

Looking back, did the outbreak happen within a household or in only one village? No. It affected several individuals of varying ages, in several households and in several villages. Did these households, villages consume bats and monkeys at the same time? The answer is obvious. The exposure is certain. Bats and monkeys are not the carriers.

The lies on bats and monkeys have put the source of protein of rural dwellers at stake as even the governments have fallen for it banning the killing, sale and consumption of bush meat.

Even if these animals were carriers, it is very unlikely that the Ebola Virus Disease would have affected those who consumed those meat products. Africans generally cook their food well. In fact too well. The process of drying that is common to meat preservation would not have allowed for the virus to keep alive in the dried meat as it is said to survive in fluid.

TRUST BETRAYED

Today, particularly three (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia), and at most four (counting Nigeria) West African nations are battling this Ebola Virus Disease. Their population is being decimated. Their economy put in ruin and their image stigmatized.

Liberia and Sierra Leone have declared state of emergency and committed huge sums of money (Liberia USD20 M) to this battle. Nigeria has joined in with the commitment of over USD10 M. This has led to the loss of much of the economic activities of Liberia as most companies such as the Iron Ore Companies, Mittal Steel and China Union, have closed down operations. Their governments fearing for the lives of their citizens and of course having received intelligence report as to the nature and origin of the Ebola Virus Disease have recalled their nationals.

When this is all over, can the populace of these countries and others, trust the likes of MSF France and WHO when they come around to administer vaccines? It can now be understood why some years back a state in Nigeria refused a vaccination campaign that was proposed for the state. The authorities of that state demonstrated mistrust in the executers and substance of the vaccines. Today, it could be said they made a wise decision.

WAKEUP CALL

The current crisis of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease is a wakeup call to countries in the developing world to examine carefully the “good intentions” of international medical aid agencies and even the offers of the WHO and its affiliated bodies.

Africa has an impoverished population and help is definitely needed when such diseases like cholera or diarrhea break out. But would it not be in the interest of its citizens if national governments in Africa and other less developed countries critically analyze the “good intentions” of “good Samaritans”?

 

Liberia has been in the news in recent times, not for the best of reasons, but for another crisis.

In February this year, it was reported that the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) had surfaced in the Republic of Guinea, a country with which Liberia shares a border. By March it was reported that the first case was sited in Lofa County of Liberia which is next to the border with Guinea. Since then, the news about the spread of Ebola in up to eight of the fifteen counties of Liberia has captured the news headlines both nationally and internationally.

Certainly, the situation of the Ebola attack has become worrisome. By August 6, according to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Liberia Ebola SitRep No. 83 report, the cumulative (confirmed, probable, suspected) cases had risen to 546 affecting 9 of the 15 political subdivisions of the country.

The ravaging nature of the Ebola Virus Disease has been so uncompromising that those depended upon to help the nation fight it are even being affected by it. The same report states that by August 6 the cumulative cases among Health Care Workers (HCW) had risen to 74. Of these 33 had already subcumbed to the disease. The situation has prompted a very negative response by Health Care Workers. Some major health care facilities closed down because the Health Care Workers feared for their personal safety. The John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, the largest Government-owned medical hospital, closed down. Another major health facility, the Redemption Hospital on Bushrod Island, which serves a larger portion of Monrovia’s inhabitants, also closed down.

FEAR AND TRAUMA

The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease has affected the mentality and actions of the Liberian populace. It has been common place for sick people to run to the hospitals and clinics to get treatment. However, because of the reported handling of cases in patients with signs of common sicknesses that are also associated with Ebola many have begun to shy away from hospitals and clinics. Vomitting and toileting that has long been associated with chronic malaria, diarhea and cholora are now feared and only associated with Ebola. Any signs of these on a patient signals to health workers that they should run far from the patient. Some patients have been turned away from hospitals and clinics and left to the mercy of personal first aid treatment to seek cure.

Worse is the fact that going to the hospital or clinic is feared. There is the feeling that one might be reported as an Ebola patient and sent to an Ebola case treatment site and then finally coming down with Ebola that was not the case of the individual at the onset.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS

The increase in the prevalence has prompted several measures by the Government of Liberia and other international partners. The Government of Liberia declared a State of Emergency for 90 days beginning August 6, 2014. As a result of this declaration, certain areas of the country have been cordonned and travellers from those ends are screened before they proceed to Monrovia. The goverment sent a funding package requesting approval from the National Legislature to spend up to USD20 M or LD 1.640 B (at the current exchange rate of USD1:LD82) for the emergency period. The National Legislature has already approved the funding request.

The Government now has funding to assure Health Care Workers of additional benefits for their services during this Ebola crisis period. The JFK Medical Hospital and Redemption Hospital re-opened on August 13. Protective gears have been procured and delivered to the various hospitals to have Health Care Workers sufficiently protected as they render services to patients whether they are Ebola infected or otherwise.

There is an unprecedented increased level of information on Ebola and preventive measures on posters, in songs, on radio and television. Awareness campaigns being boomed over loudspeakers have been carried to almost all the communities in Monrovia and its adjacent areas.

International attention and support has not been wanting. ECOWAS recognized the seriousness of the crisis and at one of its recent meetings, Nigeria donated USD3 M to the fight of the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The World Health Organization organized a conference of the three affected nations where it made a request to the international community for USD100 M to fight the disease.

The United States Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) has sent a team of doctors and others to assist the Liberian Government in its fight of the Ebola Disease.

Though there is no confirmed cure the Government of Liberia has agreed for a trial serum to be used in treating infected patients. It is hope that this serum will help reduce the death rate of the Ebola patients.

STIGMA

As the Ebola disease crisis continues in the country, the citizens have begun to feel the effect of stigmatization. Now Liberians are cautiously handled at airports where they arrive. Other national governments are calling upon their citizens to leave Liberia. Even before now, most expats, other than medical workers, have left the country.

THE GREATEST GOOD

It may seem ironical that a good could come out of a bad situation. But yes, there is a good thing coming out of this crisis. It is HANDWASHING HYGIENE. Never before in the time of the life of Liberians have they washed their hands so much. Today, as a front guard to preventing the Ebola Virus Disease, handwashing hygiene is being practiced as never before. At every house or business entity, there are containers with soap or dettol or chlorine and water to wash hands before entering.

Here are a few of those places.

At the Departure Gate at Roberts International Airport

At the Departure Gate at Roberts International Airport

At the Arrival Gate at Roberts International Airport

At the Arrival Gate at Roberts International Airport

At a generator repair shop

At a generator repair shop

THE AFTERMATH

It is with optimism that Liberians are living. The optimism is that other countries suffered from their period of disease crisis. In the west and east, there have been several cases of diseases such as the bird flu, SARS, hoof and mouth disease and others. Ebola was in Uganda and Rwanda. They have all emerged from these crises and continue today as nations. Liberia will triumph over Ebola. The fear will dissipate. The trauma will be no more and just as the stigma of the 14 years civil war wore away, the stigma of Ebola will also go away.

But Liberians will come out of it as a very hygiene practicing nation. Eventually, it will pay off when fewer people get sick from commonly preventable diseases.

There may be a beautiful SUV plying the street. What has added to its beauty? Yes, it might have been recently sprayed over. But the structure was kept in place by some simple ‘art works’.

Below is what I am talking about. A mechanic sits repairing the broken front facing of an Isuzu Jeep. He says the owner will not even believe that it is his old broken facing that has been placed back on the car. And for certain, a few days later when I visited the garage I enquired about the front facing. He pointed to the vehicle on which it had been placed. Certainly, it looked no different from the original. It had been neatly repaired, puttied, and sprayed.

Mechanic repairs the front facing of an Isuzu Jeep

Mechanic repairs the front facing of an Isuzu Jeep

There are some other amazing aspects about vehicle repair here too. What cushons the vehicle so that the passengers do not feel the bumps along the road. Take a look at these pictures below.

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Rubber Slippers (Shower Slippers) used as bushings

Rubber Slippers (Shower Slippers) used as bushings

A piece of Timber re-inforces the sprints

A piece of Timber re-inforces the springs

Many vehicles ply the streets of Monrovia as well as the various high ways outside of the City. One would never get to know what these vehicles are made of until a visit is made to one of the many garages where repair works take place.

If ever you visit Liberia and see an SUV, think about what may have been done to it locally to make it look the way it is. If you see a pickup or truck hauling bags of charcoal or a load of sand, think about what might be supporting its frame to enable it carry such heavy loads.

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It has happened often times to people. Someone is seen and mistaken for another person. It is usually because the two individuals, though from different parents have some similarity that causes one person to look like the other. But with closer look the seeming resemblance disappears.

So here are twin sisters with identity so close that one is often mistaken for the other. I present to you Antoinette and Anita.

This is Antoinette

This is Antoinette

This is Anita

This is Anita

Antoinette is a business woman while Anita works with AccessBank Liberia Ltd. At times when Antoinette has visited her sister and has sat in the waiting room before being ushered in to see her sister, fellow workers of Anita have come to Antoinette and asked her why she is sitting in the waiting lounge instead of being in her office. Their enquiry has been met with a smile from Antoinette. She knew then and there that that was another case of mistaken identity – she was being taken to be her sister.

Their similarity in looks is so convincing that one is taken to be the other. Given that they are sisters who love each other, this is a good case of mistaken identity.

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TWINS – HOW ARE THEY FORMED?
(Coutersy of Wikipedia)A twin is one of two offspring produced in the same pregnancy. Twins can either be monozygotic (“identical”), meaning that they develop from one zygote that splits and forms two embryos, or dizygotic (“fraternal”) meaning that they develop from two single egg that are fertilized by two separate sperms.
In contrast, a fetus which develops alone in the womb is called a singleton, and the general term for one offspring of a multiple birth is multiple.
Zygosity is the degree of identity in the genome of twins. There are five common variations of twinning.
The three most common variations are all dizygotic (fraternal):
• Male–female twins are the most common result, 50 percent of dizygotic twins and the most common grouping of twins.
• Female–female dizygotic twins (sometimes called “sororal twins”)
• Male–male dizygotic twins
The other two variations are monozygotic (“identical”) twins:
• Female–female monozygotic twins
• Male–male monozygotic twins (less common)
Among non-twin births, male singletons are slightly (about five percent) more common than female singletons. The rates for singletons vary slightly by country. For example, the sex ratio of birth in the US is 1.05 males/female, while it is 1.07 males/female in Italy. However, males are also more susceptible than females to death in utero, and since the death rate in utero is higher for twins, it leads to female twins being more common than male twins.

Happy to be a graduate

Happy to be a graduate

On Tuesday, April 9, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, AMEZU, marked its 12th commencement convocation.  At these ceremonies, the University conferred various academic degrees on over 710 students in various disciplines, namely, Accounting, Economics, Management, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Divinity and Education.

Among the graduates was Ms. Cecelia Siah Wanico who obtained a B. Sc. Degree in Accounting.  Cecelia is a staff of the Finance Department of AccessBank Liberia Ltd, the Microfinance Bank.  It was a very joyous occasion for her and her family.  Their joy was expressed when they invited other relatives and friends to share with them refreshment they had prepared to celebrate Cecelia’s graduation.  At her mother’s home, she entertained guests with hot soup, drinks, a friendly atmosphere and music that kept bodies rocking. The workmates of Cecelia from the Finance Department attended the refreshment session in mass since due to their work schedule they could not be present to witness the official program at the new site of the University located about twelve miles outside of Monrovia.

Celebrating with Cecelia were her Grandmother Lusu Manjoe who reared her when she was a baby, her sister, Kumba, her son Prince and her Fiance, Alvin Sieh, an employee of the National Port Authority,  among others.  Also present at the refreshment was Mr. Sumo Harris, Dean of the Business College accompanied by another of his workmates.

The Graduate and her grandmother

The Graduate and her grandmother

What makes graduation of this nature something to reflect on is that it was not foreseen some 27 years ago when Korpo Sele, Cecelia’s Mother and Father, Larry Wanico gave birth to her.  Neither did her Grandmother who reared her foresee that she would have been present to witness the graduation of her grandchild Cecelia from College.  It tells of the possibilities that can ensue when children are take care of and allowed to grow to adulthood.  No parent can predict what the outcome of a child who runs around the yard, play in the dust, goes unkempt or even sleep on the floor will be in the future.  All the parents have to do is to do their best in caring for the child and leave the rest to the outworking of the future.

So it has turned out for Cecelia.  At the refreshment session, there were a couple of kids around.  It dawned on me that those kids had great possibilities before them; that with proper care they could turn out to be like Cecelia.  Let’s hope that their parents will see them for they could be and do all they can to bring up those little ones with the hope that they could become someone better tomorrow.

 It goes to all parents for that matter.

Cecelia is congratulated

Cecelia is congratulated

Cecelia, her mother and her son

Cecelia, her mother and her son

Cecelia and her son, Prince

Cecelia and her son, Prince

The graduate is congratulated by a guest

The graduate is congratulated by a guest

Some attendees at the refreshment

Some attendees at the refreshment

The graduate and her Boss take to the dance floor

The graduate and her Boss take to the dance floor

Workmates of Cecelia pose with her

Workmates of Cecelia pose with her

The Dean of the College paid his respects

The Dean of the College paid his respects

Cecelia's workmates presented her gifts

Cecelia’s workmates presented her gifts

Drinks and food

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Food and drinks were served

Food and drinks were served

It was an enjoyable time

It was an enjoyable time

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Cecelia was clearly identified in the program booklet

Cecelia was clearly identified in the program booklet

C_son Prince played being a graduate with an eye on the future

Baby doves at early stage of hatching

Baby doves at early stage of hatching

Outside the window of my office, three stories above the ground, I observed a pair of brown doves take turns bringing twigs between their beaks.  They nicely fitted these twigs on the curling portions of an air conditioner tube and in no time they had themselves a nest.  When I next looked at their construction site, I saw two white eggs in the nest.  For a few days I saw the tail of one of the doves projecting out as it prepared the eggs for hatching.

On another occasion when I peeped out my window, being careful not to disturb the dove ‘setting’ on its eggs, I could not see the projecting feathers of the tail.  So I bent further and came to see why the tail feathers were no more visible.  In the nest perched two young, newly hatched baby doves.

These little birds crouching in their nest were exposed to the cold breeze that blew against the building during the night and the warm air that passed during the day.  In some way, they were shaded from the direct sunlight by the refrigerating portion of the air conditioning unit that hanged along the wall.  I surmised that their parents brought them food regularly.  On occasions I would see one of the parent doves fly towards the air conditioner, land on the refrigerating unit, drop down towards the nest and after a while fly away again.

None of what I have described above are strange to me.  I have often times observed birds prepare their hatchery, lay eggs and help their young take to the sky to fly like them.

What amazed me are these aspects.

How did the doves know which of the two sets of air conditioning tubes were the right ones on which they could build their nest?  One of the set of tubes is constantly in use while the ones they chose are used less.

The second most amazing thing is this. The  young birds used all around the edges of the nest for depositing their droppings.  Their heads were directly over these dried up droppings whichever side they turned their heads.  But the young doves showed no sign of getting sick from inhaling the scent from their droppings.  Rather, each day they grew bigger and bigger in size.  As they grew their skinny bodies became covered with feathers.

If it had been in the case of humans living with their feces all around them, neither an adult nor a sucking child could survive such a filth.  Yet the young doves have survived the situation.  This is not by mistake.  There must be something that prevents them from getting sick and dying though they have their feces all around them.  The One who created them has put in them the necessary protection and so they survive and thrive amidst what might be harmful to humans or even other animals.

 

The baby doves many days old with their feces all around them

The baby doves many days old with their feces all around them

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One of the doves is seen sitting on the refrigerating unit of the air conditioner. (Follow the arrow)

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