first_imgSince the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in March, it has become critical that individuals, families and communities, play an important role in providing basic hand washing facilities and services to their constituencies. We recognize that when given reliable information and facilities, people are more likely to contribute to improved health outcomes and reduction in the spread of Ebola.Every community has both rights and responsibilities for action against Ebola. As individuals, we have the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure the health of our families and community is protected. In return, they have the right to expect the health system to provide the services and enabling environment that will allow them to take those actions.Improving awareness, knowledge and community involvement is one of the thrusts of preventive and control measures. This includes both the rights of the public to have access to quality health care services such as Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) as well as the right to healthy environments.The strengthening of community awareness and involvement has been an important feature for the current reduction of Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We are happy to note that most communities have taken the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure they remain healthy and prevent the spread of Ebola.Now that the entire world has woken up to the dangers of Ebola epidemic, the task of eradicating the disease is feasible through knowing your rights and responsibilities as well as through international collaboration which at the moment needs strengthening.Safe and health-supportive environments including access to safe health facilities-ETUs, sanitation, and protection against Ebola are all means to provide equitable conditions for maintaining and improving health and quality of life for all people.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia has been particularly impressed by the willingness of all community-based organizations; youth-based organizations and Non-governmental organizations to be involved in health actions that involved them.As young people, it is our responsibility to, promote credible and accurate information on Ebola; at the same time we also should help address issues of mistrust, alley fear, misconception and enforce preventive health measures. The Ebola epidemic is controllable if we take our rights and responsibilities seriously. The dissemination of accurate information on Ebola prevention and response is not only a right but it is critical.The downward curve of the Ebola statistics has been attributed to the responsibilities of frontline workers and the support from hundreds of volunteers across the country that have been working with various communities or committees established at national level and local levels to put in place structures, systems, processes and procedures to enable everyone to fight this Ebola virus disease.Our dialogue and message for the week centers on the need for Liberians to work as one community with entrenched rights and responsibilities for good hygienic practices of hand washing and disinfecting; safely caring for the sick, helping government to trace contacts and making burial practices safe. According to the World Bank President-Jim Yong Kim, “The world needs to do much more to respond to the Ebola Crisis”Let us conclude by applauding the decision of the Supreme Court to stop the senatorial election scheduled for 16 December 2014 and wish to use this opportunity to reiterate our call to the Government of Liberia to strengthen its fight against the deadly Ebola virus by reopening our educational institutions.Until next week when we bring to you another piece on dialogue amongst peace messengers: Community-based Interventions, we would like to encourage everyone to take this epidemic very seriously and be part of the drive to stopping Ebola. We look forward to 2015 that is free of the Ebola virus disease, of individuals and communities knowing their rights to health and basic civil responsibility.Liberians must do all to eradicate Ebola so that we can continue on our path of stability.Peace First, Peace above all and May Peace Prevail on earth.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_imgThe new Sterling Products outlet at the Enmore Mall, East Coast Demerara, is now in full operation as patrons and passers-by have found the ice-cream parlour to be a place of interest for the family, especially since it has the magic of sweet treats.The new location seeks to create fun, positive human engagements and community spirit within the area.The new venture has quickly become a top-quality meeting spot for everyone, since patrons can unwind in a pleasant environment and enjoy the numerous flavours of ice-cream offered.Sterling Products Ltd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramsay Ali has revealed that the launching of the Enmore Igloo Ice Cream facility was the continuous flow of a successful business model whereby the company would take its ice-cream to selected locations and make a positive social contribution by getting people from different cultural backgrounds to merge and mix, based on their shared love of sweet treats.The CEO further stated that the Enmore outlet was practically a duplicate of Igloo Ice Cream’s successful outlet at Providence, along the East Bank of Demerara.“What you have seen at Providence is exactly what is happening at Enmore … families are coming out on weekends, especially in the afternoons. They are bringing their children; they are buying ice-cream products and they are using the play area to have some fun…,” Ali said.The CEO elaborated that his company’s business development model had a strong communal aspect that aimed at developing and enhancing communities and family ties.He also explained that the company had plans to establish similar outlets across Guyana, and East Berbice was targeted to be one of the locations next year. In addition, each facility is built and operated according to strict hygienic and safety standards. The Enmore facility’s children’s play-park complies with the highest standards of comfort and safety.last_img read more

first_imgExclusive: A COUNTY Donegal man who took his children on a ‘cynical’ shoplifting trip to a supermarket in the North has been given a suspended jail sentence.John Mongan, from Buncrana, was arrested at Asda in Strabane yesterday and spent the night in custody.A prosecution lawyer told Strabane Magistrates Court that Mongan had gone to Asda yesterday with his children. He had paid for a pair of white socks and a set of pliers, but had later left the store with more than £332.62 worth of other goods, mainly clothes.Security staff called the PSNI and Mongan later admitted the thefts.A defence solicitor said the Buncrana man was being treated for several illnesses requiring him to take 31 tablets every day.He said that while Mongan was pleading guilty to the offence, his medication had altered his behaviour. But magistrate Liam McNally dismissed this.“This was a deliberate and well thought out attempt at theft and had nothing at all to do with the amount of tablets he was taking,” said the judge.“He was only influenced by greed and the opportunity to get as much as possible during this incident.”A PSNI officer said Mongan had previous convictions in Donegal for car offences.Magistrate McNally sentenced Mongan to three months in prison, suspending the sentence for two years. He warned the Donegal man that he would have to serve the sentence if he appeared before courts in the North again.DONEGAL MAN TOOK HIS KIDS ON SHOPLIFTING TRIP TO ASDA was last modified: June 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:buncranaDONEGAL MAN TOOK HIS KIDS ON SHOPLIFTING TRIP TO ASDAMonganlast_img read more