Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Francis Kateh, has told the Daily Observer that the nation will be returning to the status of “heightened surveillance” after the elapse of 42 days without reporting any confirmed case of the Ebola virus.The countdown to 42 days began after the last two confirmed cases were discharged early this month from the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Ebola Treatment Unit, along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway.In an exclusive interview recently after Liberia had gone 14 days without any reported cases of the virus, Dr. Kateh, who is also the Deputy Minister for Health Services told our Health Correspondent: “Definitely, we are going to return to surveillance. It should be something that we should always think about in Liberia, because we know from other nations where Ebola has been, it becomes endemic. So we always have to be on the alert, and this is something that we have to do, ” said Dr. Kateh on rekindling the surveillance activities across the country,“We have to be vigilant in order to make sure that whenever it comes, it doesn’t matter how it comes, where it comes from, we should be able to quickly identify and contain it.” Presently, the entire nation has gone 25 days without a confirmed case. Speaking on rekindling the surveillance activities across the country,Asked if the country made any errors that allowed the recent outbreak to occur, he stated that Liberia was doing everything right, adding: “Because we are doing the right thing that is why we were able to take charge of it.”Had we been doing the wrong thing, the virus would have spread out, and we would not have been able to quickly contain it, he pointed out. “We are doing the right things, but we still want the entire public to continue the hand washing routine and those things which saved us in the past, and will continue to save us,” he cautioned. Dr. Kateh spoke with our Health Desk following the closure of a two-week training for over 15 health practitioners from various health institutions in the country.At a request from authorities of the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) and the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery (LBNM), Dr. Prisca Zwanikken, Dr. Barend Gerretsen and Ms. Dinu Abdella, three instructors from the Netherlands-based Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), conducted the training in human resource management for Liberian health managers, instructors, midwives and nurses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Although not represented by legal counsel, Sudesh Rambhajue, who was on trial in the High Court for attempting to murder his father-in-law Latchman Narine Persaud at School Street, Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo nearly three years ago, has been acquitted of the charge by a 12-member jury on Thursday.Sudesh Rambhajue is now a free manAfter several hours of deliberation, the jury returned the unanimous verdict of not guilty.Rambhajue on Tuesday led his defence, in which he claimed that his father-in-law had attacked him first. Rambhajue had been indicted on the first count for the attempted murder of his father-in-law, which occurred on September 18, 2015. He was facing a second count of felonious wounding.Justice Brassington Reynolds thanked Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial for conducting the case in a professional manner, while the former accused thanked the jury for its verdict. The judge told Rambhajue that the case was closed call for him, and urged him to avoid trouble and acquire stable employment.According to reports surrounding the matter, Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out of his house. Persaud explained that after Rambhajue had ignored his request, he sought to repeat it when he saw the man approaching his home on the evening in question. Narine Persaud reported that Rambhajue became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.