Monrovia’s West Point Could Be Potential Target of Ebola Virus

first_imgMedical experts are of the opinion that Monrovia’s West Point, congested with over 100,000 residents, including  fishermen and women and children, could be potential targets for the deadly Ebola virus.But the fishermen and women in the borough have told the Daily Observer that since the outbreak of the deadly virus, situation of its spread in the slum community has not yet become prevalent.A dozen of the fishermen and women told our reporter that amidst their unending plight and misery, they believe the God of Heaven will continue to protect them from the deadly Ebola virus.However, some of the fishermen and women were quick to clarify that a week ago  some dependants of the fishermen and women in the crowded community have died of suspected Ebola cases.They (fishermen and women) declined to state specifically the number of Ebola casualties.Owing to the grim picture of the situation, fishermen and women noted that they were earnestly praying that such calamity would not visit their crowded community in Monrovia.The fishermen and women, most of them in a worried but hopeful mood, sounded urgent calls on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners to place top priority on the slum and deprived communities in Monrovia and its environs.“Don’t bring bad luck on us in this crowded community that has remained relatively an Ebola free zone in Monrovia,” the fishermen and women warned.“It is indeed our prayer and supplication that our nation will once more be resurrected from the shackles of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed so many lives,” the fishermen and women pleaded.In separate interviews with leaders of the West Point Fishermen and women Association, they appealed to the medical and financial global partners to consider all slum and deprived communities in Monrovia as their main focus.West Point Fishermen and women Chairperson Darlington Blamo called on the Liberian Government and global health partners to step up a vigorous Ebola virus awareness campaign in all slum and deprived communities in greater  Monrovia.“We need a large number of the Kiosk buckets, chlorine and other critically needed medical gears for health workers and other support partners in fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Point and other areas in Monrovia,” Mr. Blamo pleaded.He further explained that immediately following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, “we strongly advised our fishermen not to make any attempt to go fishing at the moment in the deep sea.In an instant encounter with an 88-year-old woman of the West Point Community on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, she sounded a passionate appeal to the MOHSW and other global partners in the fight against the Ebola virus to not neglect the slum communities in Monrovia.“I do not want my grand and great grand children to die as a result of the deadly Ebola virus that has engulfed the nation on nearly every front in the country,” Madam Dekontee Wesseh Blamo cried out.The octogenarian Madam Blamo, who speaks relatively good English, also appealed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Cabinet to once visit the West Point Community and evaluate the challenges, constraints and progress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic sinks Chelsea to delight of David Moyes

first_img Read more match reports Chelsea West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened The Observer Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea lose at West Ham – video Play Video Pinterest David Moyes celebrates after Marko Arnautovic’s goal. Photograph: Sean Ryan/IPS/Rex/Shutterstock It is some time since David Moyes’s name could be associated with forward momentum and the same could be said of West Ham United, too. This felt like the first major step in an unlikely rehabilitation for both: if the recruitment of Moyes last month felt repulsive to supporters of a sepia-tinted persuasion then surely even the most begrudging of souls would acknowledge the improvements he has wrought in only a month. Chelsea were deservedly beaten by opponents who were simply more organised, more determined, more athletic and who found a sting when on top. Nobody in West Ham’s current position can ask for much more and their first league win since September was achieved with an added touch of old-fashioned style.The flourish in question was provided by Marko Arnautovic, whose very selection came to feel like a piece of sound management from Moyes. West Ham had set a template for their relegation battle in digging deep for a narrow defeat at Manchester City last weekend. Arnautovic had been consigned to the bench for that one and it seemed a clear message that the £20m signing from Stoke needed to up his game. Greater forward thrust was always going to be needed for a home fixture and Moyes recalled him here, the manager seeing himself rewarded by 69 minutes of unstinting energy and the kind of outstanding strike such a fee demands.If Antonio Conte chooses to be critical – and that is not really a question – then he might look at how easily Arnautovic rolled Andreas Christensen after receiving possession from Michail Antonio, as well as the smooth passage he was then granted into the penalty area. But the Austrian’s sixth-minute give-and-go with Manuel Lanzini was the action of two players perfectly in tune; the finish, curled left-footed into the far corner, was his first goal for the club and West Ham had reward for a fast start that caught Chelsea flat-footed.Conte had spoken beforehand of the “sacred fire” required of players in the very top bracket. Few have ever detected that in Arnautovic but he set the required tone here and West Ham followed, throwing themselves into every duel and barely losing a challenge in the opening 20 minutes. In the meantime they began to enjoy themselves; the sight of Arthur Masuaku bamboozling Davide Zappacosta with a slick pirouette on the ball may have prompted double-takes but was entirely reflective of the devilment with which they emerged.Arnautovic later had Christensen on toast again near the right corner flag but, after wriggling free, allowed the centre-back to recover. In the second half he had a reasonable claim for handball, and a possible penalty, against the same player turned down by Anthony Taylor but by that point any attacking situations West Ham created were essentially crumbs. Moyes thought his players could have done better on the counter as Chelsea pressed but the diligence with which they held their lead excused any inattention further forward. There were spells, particularly midway through the first half and at the start of the second, when the pattern threatened to degenerate into the same kind of siege that eventually broke them at the Etihad. In the event, it never quite turned out that way and West Ham rarely found themselves struggling for oxygen even when under intense pressure.When they did flounder, Adrián saved in quick succession from N’Golo Kanté and Zappacosta, keeping them ahead at the break and justifying his selection ahead of Joe Hart. In fact Adrián was hardly extended in the second 45 minutes, Winston Reid marshalling an impeccably drilled back line that was rarely turned around and spent much of its time repelling speculative deliveries from out wide.How disappointing this was for Chelsea and Conte, who suggested afterwards that a title race is barely worth discussing. His concern is now the five-into-three equation that all the Champions League contenders bar Manchester City must trouble themselves with; his mood might have brightened if Álvaro Morata, played onside by Masuaku after Kanté produced a rare moment of ingenuity, had not blasted their best chance wide six minutes from time but a draw would have papered over the cracks.Morata, who had been a late fitness doubt for this game, did not look sharp and Conte would presumably love to lighten the load on a player who is shouldering a heavy burden with no alternative of comparable quality. “I can give my opinion but the last decision is of the club,” Conte said of any January arrivals. Greater attacking variation would do little harm, the half-time introduction of Pedro for Tiémoué Bakayoko doing nothing to add subtlety.For Moyes, whose after-match grin perhaps betrayed the circumspection of his words, it was a return to the top. Almost three years have passed since he led Real Sociedad to a similarly stirring 1-0 win over Barcelona; there have not been many highs since then but now the big names keep on coming. “I came off there, took my jacket off and then thought: ‘No, I’ve got Arsenal in midweek’,” he said. That test will take place on Wednesday. More where this came from and the impression will solidify that, for West Ham, he is the right man at exactly the right time. Topics Twitter 1:39 Antonio Conte concedes title after Chelsea’s bubble burst by West Ham West Ham Unitedcenter_img Premier League Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Read more Share on LinkedIn David Sullivan: ‘I feel I haven’t done well enough. Nobody’s done well enough’ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more