The National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia (NHANL) is calling on the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to abort their planned strike action.NWHAL had said few days that they are going to commence a strike action today if their demands weren’t met by the Government of Liberia. Their demands, among others, included the resignation of Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, and his principle deputies, including Dr. (MD) Bernice Dahn and Cllr. Vivian Cherue.NHANL said in a release that if the strike goes on as planned, it will adversely affect the nation’s struggling public health system and expose patients, including those in critical conditions, to serious danger.The network acknowledged the vital roles trussed upon the shoulders of health workers, including nurses pertaining to medications and treatments, assistance to both the patients and physicians/doctors as well as, ensuring that patients are properly examined, comfortable and well taken care of. The group believes that without the nurses, the few doctors wouldn’t know how the patient’s condition was from the night before to the morning, let alone be able to determine whether the patient’s condition might be improving or declining.The Network is asking all health workers, especially nurses to consider the repercussion of a strike and resort to bargain with relevant public health authorities through their leadership, as their absence will have adverse effect ailing public health care system.While asking their colleagues to stay put, NHANL also called on the government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the House and Senate’s Committees on Health to do everything possible to advert the impending strike by initiating discussions with the leadership of NHWAL in order to avoid a situation that put patients at risk, and threaten to sharply erode living standards for nurses and their families.Meanwhile, the Network will on hold a strategic planning workshop February, 27 and 28 in Monrovia and subsequently launch a research that would seek to document health challenges in the County, underscoring access and quality of public and private health care with the aim of identifying drivers of maternal and child mortality, and proffering recommendations to stakeholders in order to find solutions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Four persons are now in the custody of drug enforcement officials after they were arrested following the discovery of a large quantity of cannabis in a vehicle on Monday evening.Some of the parcels containing cannabis that were found inside the vehicleBased on reports received, at about 20:25h on the day in question, several ranks attached to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) swooped down on a car that originated from Berbice and found the illegal substance. The car was intercepted behind the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown.According to the drug enforcement body, 35-year-old Jairam Lalman, of 757 Fort Ordinance Housing Scheme, East Canje, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) was transporting the cannabis from a location in his county to a “given” location in the capital city.However, his vehicle was intercepted by the CANU ranks before he could make the drop-off.The suspect, Jairam Lalman, who was caught by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU)When the car was searched by the CANU ranks, they discovered several parcels of the cannabis that had been wrapped in clear plastic and then covered with black plastic bags weighing over 102 pounds.Lalman was immediately arrested and taken to the CANU headquarters for further grilling about the crime.Meanwhile, as a result of the bust, three others were hauled in by CANU for questioning.In June of this year, while giving an overview of last year’s performance of the Unit, CANU had reported that there was a vast increase in cannabis seized by CANU during 2018, with the spike seen mostly during the June to August period which coincides with the summer vacation.According to statistics provided by the drug enforcement body, the unit had seized 171.58kg cocaine, 543.256kg cannabis, 532.8 grams ecstasy, 304 grams of heroin, and 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 39 grams of cannabis in 2018 against the 291.089kg cocaine, 123.799kg cannabis and 1.602kg of heroin seized in 2017.The CANU had added that for this year, ranks had upped the ante in combatting the trafficking and sale of illicit substances in Guyana and that more and more operations were being done to nab the culprits who are engaged in the world of drugs.