14 Jan
2020

Ebola Survivor Wants Gov’t ‘Dollar Rally’ for Survivors

first_imgA survivor of the deadly Ebola virus disease and driver of Representative Saah Joseph’s ambulance during the heat of outbreak is calling on the government to help conduct a nationwide ‘dollar rally’ to support all Ebola survivors and orphans in the country.Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing in Monrovia, Foday Gallah explained that many of the Ebola survivors were finding it very difficult to survive since recovering from the deadly disease.Ebola survivors throughout the country are finding life difficult especially due to the stigma and trauma with which they have to cope in their various communities, work places and homes, he stated.  “But I believe that government can help to address some of these challenges, including the improvement of survivors’ lives in society,” he said.“We are survivors and not a virus and need to be treated with care because we can help greatly in the fight against Ebola by telling our own story and experiences. We need the support of the government, various communities, friends and family members if the trauma and stress we are facing are to be reduced,” he said.If nothing is done by government and its partners to support Ebola survivors and orphans, Foday fears that some of them might likely engage in prostitution, criminality and other unlawful acts that will be harmful to the society in the near  future.Ebola is a deadly disease that usually disgraces people before killing them, he noted, and anyone surviving the disease must be supported in order to overcome the trauma and stress, including the future impact that causes many people to suffer from other sicknesses after recovering from the Ebola virus disease. “During the height of the crisis,” he explained, “we saw that things were terribly unbearable for our people.  People were dying in our hands, others in the ambulance, and we saw some people being denied by centers due to lack of space to care for them.”Foday revealed that he contracted the virus from a little boy who last August lost his parents and other family members to the deadly virus. He himself had transported them to the treatment center but none of them but the little boy survived the disease, Foday recalled.“After I dropped some of the patients at the ETU, I received this call and had to quickly get there to bring the patient over, but only to reach there and see this little boy vomiting, with no one to get him out or provide medical support,” Foday explained.He further disclosed that, “When these people, about seven of them, died, I informed the family that in case of anything, please call me. After two days they called and informed me that the four-year old boy was vomiting and needed medication.  And because people were distancing themselves from sick people, we had to do these things ourselves.“Husbands were leaving their wives for fear of contracting the disease. Family members, too, were also leaving relatives.  We saw children who fell prey to the disease in our very presence. We needed to do something to help our people and this was how some of us contracted the virus.”He said he was confident that together with the community, government and its partners, the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease can be sustained.  Foday warned citizens not to be complacent and should not relax until Liberia is totally free of the disease, or announced by World Health Organization (WHO) that Liberia is Ebola-free.Foday Gallah, who has been described as one of the heroes in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, hailed District 13 where  Representative Saah Joseph’s  Population Communication International (PCI) and family members are located.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Father, son charged for killing Mon Repos man

first_imgThe father and son who were arrested after they reportedly stabbed 23-year-old Brian Dwarka of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD) to death were on Wednesday arraigned for the indictable offence of murder.Deceased: Brian DwarkaThe men – Suraj Singh, 50, and his son, Andrew Singh, 24, both of Lot 257 Third Street, Mon Repos – appeared before Magistrate Zamina Seepaul-Ally.They were remanded to prison and were expected to re-appear in court on June 28, 2018.Guyana Times had previously reported that on May 27, 2018, Dwarka was stabbed to death while he was attending a barbecue, a short distance away from his home.According to reports, Dwarka was in the company of his friends and cousins when an argument between him and Suraj Singh ensued.The middle-aged man, along with his son, allegedly approached Dwarka and his group, armed with knives.However, while his friends were able to escape, the 23-year-old Mon Repos resident attempted to jump over a fence, but was stabbed once to his chest.Dwarka fell into the yard and onto the ground; he was later picked up by his mother and other relatives and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The two suspects were apprehended – the father at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he reportedly lied to Police, stating that he was attacked and robbed and was sent for a medical, while the younger Singh was found hiding in a toilet in his home.last_img read more

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