MSF Opens New Children’s Hospital

first_imgThe international aid agency, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has opened a new pediatric hospital in Monrovia. The opening was done last Monday, March 23.This new development from the international medical humanitarian organization comes after they had closed down their Ebola operations in the country. They opened the facility in order to assist the local health system in safely restoring medical services.The Children’s Hospital is located on Bardnesville Road, Gardnersville. The facility only admits pediatric emergencies referred from a community health clinic and does not provide external consultations. Surgery and treatment for chronic diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis are also not available.“The Ebola outbreak has extremely weakened the public health services in Liberia. We saw people dying simply because they could not access timely medical care” said Philippe Le Vaillant, MSF Head of mission in Liberia. “They were usually suffering from illnesses like severe malaria or typhoid. Pregnant women facing obstetrical complications also have suffered the same fate.”Although Ebola management centers are now in sufficient number in Liberia, people still struggle to access regular public health services. Today most medical facilities have reopened, though with a level of activity lower than before the outbreak. Many patients are still reluctant to go in search of care.After consulting with the Ministry of Health, MSF decided to open the new pediatric hospital to increase the capacity to treat non-Ebola related medical emergencies in Monrovia. This 24/7 hospital has opened with 46 beds for children under 5 years with the capacity to extend up to 100 beds. Reinforced protocols of infection prevention and control have been implemented to protect the staff and the patients from any potential Ebola contamination.“A thorough triage process, additional protective equipment, more space between beds, reinforced decontamination and waste management procedures have been put in place to keep staff and patients safe,” says Dr. Myriam Deguillen, MSF Hospital Director. “It’s essential to restore the confidence in the medical system for health professionals and patients. Their safety is our main concern.”“Ebola has done so much damage in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone because of weak health systems” adds Philippe Le Vaillant. “Significant improvements, especially in terms of infection control and epidemiological surveillance, are urgently needed to reach and maintain higher quality standards.”About MSF in LiberiaMSF has been running the Ebola Treatment Centre ELWA 3 in Monrovia since August 2014 and a transit unit for suspected Ebola patients at Redemption Hospital since November. MSF Center in Foya was closed last December after Lofa County was officially declared Ebola-free. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 670 patients have survived Ebola within a MSF facility in Liberia.MSF Rapid Response Teams have also been recently deployed in Grand Bassa, Grand cape Mount and Margibi Counties in order to help health authorities responding to local outbreaks.MSF has been assisting James David Junior (JDJ) Memorial Hospital in Paynesville in upgrading the free pediatric and maternal services up to standards that now take Ebola into account. MSF has also supported 23 health clinics in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties in implementing safer practices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State requests verdict review in 2004 murder case

first_imgHe said no evidence was admitted during the trial to support a defense of mental illness that could result in involuntary manslaughter. “The defense here presented evidence that contradicted an unintentional killing, since the defense claimed \ killed in unreasonable self-defense based on delusion,” Robins wrote. The state also argued that a rehearing was needed because the courts have ruled on other cases that delusion doesn’t negate malice, which would reduce murder to manslaughter. The appeal court has about 30 days to respond to the petition, according to Gareth Lacy, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office. Tara Selver, Trejo’s attorney in the appeal, doubted the state could get a rehearing. Rehearings are granted on a very limited basis, she said. Selver said the Attorney General’s Office also had an earlier opportunity to refute their argument but waived oral arguments. She shot down the state’s argument that no evidence showed Trejo’s lack of intent to kill Romo. “That’s not the defendant’s burden. It is up to the prosecution to prove that despite the mental illness evidence, he had the intent to kill beyond a reasonable doubt,” Selver said. Romo’s family could not be reached for comment. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state Attorney General’s Office has asked an appeals court to review its decision overturning the murder conviction of an El Monte man. Orlando Trejo is serving 15 years to life for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend, Kimberlie Romo, who was either strangled or smothered Nov. 8, 2004. An El Monte police officer found her body stuffed in a suitcase in a bedroom closet at Trejo’s home the next day. The state, in its petition filed April 4, argued there was no evidence presented at trial that a mental disorder could have prevented Trejo from forming the intent to kill. Experts for the defense testified Trejo was paranoid, delusional, psychotic and thought Romo was part of some plot to kill him. On March 21, a 2nd Appellate District panel ordered a new trial for Trejo, ruling that Pomona Superior Court Judge George Genesta didn’t tell the jury Trejo’s delusional disorder may have affected his ability to form the intent required for murder. The appellate justices agreed with Trejo’s attorneys that what the judge did “essentially directed a verdict of murder.” During deliberations, the jury sent a note to the judge asking, “Can we find a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty, but insane?” The ruling said the jury was referred to the verdict forms. The forms were only for first- and second-degree murder. The defense’s experts testified that Trejo’s “basic functioning was in place” and that he killed Romo based on the delusion she was a threat to his life, which is an intentional killing, wrote Deputy Attorney General Corey Robins in the state’s petition. last_img read more

Church Gate Collectors raise over €7,500 for North West Simon Community

first_imgNorth West Simon in Donegal are delighted with the amount raised during the most recent church gate collections which took place throughout Co. Donegal at the end of July.Total raised was €7,826 which will go directly to help sustain the work and services provided to prevent homelessness throughout Co. Donegal.They would like to give a big shout out to the many volunteers who came forward to help guarantee the weekend was a success and sincerest appreciation to all who generously donated to the collection, we are extremely grateful. The North West Simon Community provides ‘Long-term Supported Housing’ to over 40 individuals in Letterkenny and provides an “Outreach Service” to families and individuals throughout Co. Donegal.This service actively prevents vulnerable people and families from becoming homeless. With the correct intervention at the correct time and with the correct support, Simon Community staff can support people in difficult situations and prevent another person from becoming homeless.The cause works with people not only to address their immediate crisis but to try and have long term sustainable solutions for the individual and their family such as developing a routine, providing life-skills, accessing training and educational opportunities. North West Simon Community is run independently and relies heavily on funding from donations and fundraising.If you would like to help make a difference please contact the Letterkenny office on: (074) 9121613 or email [email protected] ‘Sleep Out’ will be held on Fri, 30th Sept 2016.If you would like to sign up or get involved please contact: (074) 9121613 or E: [email protected] Gate Collectors raise over €7,500 for North West Simon Community was last modified: August 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalHOMELESSNESSNorth West Simon Communitylast_img read more