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first_imgHeaven knows where it came from, but one day we will know.  However, the deadly Ebola virus that has attacked our country in the way it has none other, will soon be gone.  It is receding fast, as many of the Ebola treatment units (ETUs) are down in patients.  Today, according to Dorbor Jallah, Deputy Incident Manager at the anti-Ebola Incident Management System, there are less than 400 Ebola cases nationwide, down from thousands. We must quickly add, however, Mr. Jallah’s warning: “We are not yet out of the woods; therefore it is incumbent on everyone in Liberia to obey strictly all the rules.” Mr. Jallah repeated them to our reporters who interviewed him last Sunday:  Don’t touch any infected person. Don’t touch any dead body.   Take yourself or anyone else suspected of any of the symptoms—very high fever, vomiting, frequent bleeding or stooling—immediately to a treatment center for testing.  Wash your hands on entering or exiting a building.  Avoid all cultural or religious practices that could spread the virus.  Avoid traveling to other places for now.Why is it important and crucial for us to follow these rules?  Because it was the failure of our people to follow them that  caused the virus to spread so rapidly in our country.  For example, we lost so many people in Banjor, Virginia, near Monrovia because people insisted on bathing bodies and in the process, rapidly and senselessly infected themselves and others, leading to many deaths. In Bong County last week, the Chief Health Administrator, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi, told our Reporter the virus had killed so many more people in Bong because they simply REFUSED to give up their cultural or religious practices, thereby spreading the virus and killing people for nothing.  Dr. Azoakoi blamed this sad situation on “attitude and behavior.” Why can’t our people follow the great example of Nigeria and everybody in Nigeria, from President Goodluck Jonathan to the common person on the street? When Patrick Sawyer, the  Liberian-American, knowing he had been in contact with his Ebola-infected sister, senselessly and unconscionably hopped on a plane  bound for Lagos, he carried Ebola to the most populous African nation.  There he infected so many people, including doctors, nurses and others, causing the death of about 42 people.  Then everyone got busy—the hospital staff who, despite diplomatic pressure, refused to let Sawyer leave their premises; the Lagos State and Federal government, which immediately put other measures into place.  President Jonathan went so far as to close the schools.  The Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Medical and Dental Association and the common people all pitched in to help. Yes, the common people of Nigeria quickly understood the deadly nature of the Ebola virus and learned that it was their PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to follow ALL the rules to arrest it.  In the end, they lost 42 persons, but succeeded in stopping its further spread.  On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Nigeria Ebola free—the reward of the government and people’s seriousness, obedience and cooperation.We appeal to all our people, especially those in Bong County, in Banjor and all others who are inclined to stick to their cultural and religious practices to STOP SPREADING THE EBOLA VIRUS.  Just as Dr. Azoakoi said, these attitudes, behaviors and practices have caused Ebola to spread in our country, and in its destructive path, to kill our people for nothing.      One way to ensure that people follow the rules and take measures they need to take is for the government, national and local, at all levels, to get tough.  Anyone found breaking the rules should be arrested and given a stern warning and released, but closely watched. We cannot, must not sit supinely and see people causing the deaths of others—and even themselves—and do nothing.  We must take ACTION.  The police and all the other security agencies should be on the alert throughout the country to make sure that people follow the rules.Everyone must learn, know and strictly observe the national slogan, popularized by LoneStar: “Ebola is real, and it kills.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCllr. Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council with Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council and Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), signing a 5-year memorandum of understanding on behalf of both organisations on Wednesday along with members of the executive board at LYIT and senior staff from Donegal County Council.Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Donegal County Council have become the first organisations of their kind in Ireland to formally sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU).This memorandum of understanding formalises the strong working relationship between both organisations and recognises the very important responsibilities that both the Council and LYIT have in delivering on national and regional policy objectives.This 5 year MoU was signed by Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Paul Hannigan, President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), in the presence of Cllr. Ciaran Brogan, on behalf of their respective organisations. “This is an historic first, as it is the first agreement of its kind in Ireland between a higher education institution and its local authority,” said Cllr Brogan.“The agreement emanates from a strong working relationship over the years and both partners wish to further develop their capacities to achieve their respective missions through enhanced cooperation”.This partnership will focus on promoting sustainable economic development and job creation by working with stakeholders to address their various education and training needs, to develop the region’s capacity for Research and Innovation and to promote and support Entrepreneurship, Investment, and Enterprise.There is particular emphasis on cross-border collaboration. This focus is consistent with the Council’s Corporate Plan 2015-19, the Donegal Local Economic & Community Plan 2016 – 2022, and LYIT’s Strategic Plan 2014-17.Paul Hannigan stated that this memorandum is “a formal recognition of the excellent working relationship that exists between Letterkenny IT and Donegal County Council. This has been built up over many years with respective staff cooperating and collaborating on many projects”.Seamus Neely believes that this MoU will solidify what is an already very strong relationship between both organisations and will further support the strategic crossborder collaborative approach that both the Council and LYIT have been pursuing.“Although we have many challenges in Donegal, we also have many strengths and one is our capacity to work in a collaborative way for the betterment of our county and our region. Both the Council and LYIT face similar challenges mainly due to our geographical location and by working together and in a regional context with our partners in Derry City and Strabane District Council we will continue to promote sustainable economic development and job creation in Donegal and the region”. COUNCIL AND LYIT MAKE HISTORY IN NEW CO-OPERATION PACT was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more