Gov’t Urged to Prioritize WASH

first_imgWaterAid Liberia, in partnership with WASH Stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), has called on the government to strengthen the health care system through the provision of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene.The group made the call on Monday, August 8, in a joint communiqué addressed to the Ministry of Health. They want the government to give post-Ebola recovery for water, sanitation and hygiene the highest priority.Presenting the letter to Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh, the chairman of the Liberia WASH CSOs Network, Prince Kreplah, said the action by the group is intended to urge government to improve the health sector.Kreplah, however, commend the government for strides made to improve WASH in health care facilities across the country, adding that the government should exert more effort to deliver on its health and WASH promises.In response, Deputy Health Minister Kateh thanked WaterAid and WASH’s CSO partners for their continued work, and agreed that the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are crucial to the health care delivery system of the country.Dr. Kateh, who is also the nation’s Chief Medical Officer, appealed to Liberians to take their health seriously, especially when it involves water.Following the presentation of the letter to the Health Ministry, a press conference was held to address key health and WASH issues.The Chairman of the Liberia NGOs Network, George Kayah, commended the government and development partners for steps taken to improve WASH and health care delivery but noted that despite these efforts there still remain serious deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, hospitals and clinics.WASH Coordinator at the Health Ministry, Wataku Kortima, disclosed that the government has put in place WASH protocols to ensure that water, sanitation and hygiene play a key role in the country’s health care delivery system.He urged collaborative efforts among CSO actors as well as Liberians to ensure that challenges affecting the health sector are resolved. The Health Ministry has started the training of health care workers on WASH protocols and the essence of WASH in health, he added.Speaking on behalf of the British Charity WaterAid in Liberia, Program Effectiveness Coordinator Samuel Quirmolue indicated that WaterAid will continue to support the government and local partners in the sector to improve WASH and make it accessible.Meanwhile, a baseline report released on water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities in 2015 found out that about 95 percent of health care facilities do not meet the Ministry of Health’s standards on water quantity for all purposes.More than 50 percent of health facilities do not have a protected year–round source of water, and 20 percent do not have any protected source on site.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man threw saucepan of boiling water at Gardai

first_imgCOURTS: A man threw a saucepan of boiling water at a Garda after going on a rampage with an axe.Sean Gibson, aged 28, of Hillhead, Castlfin appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with the incident which occurred at 6, Markets Close, Castlefin. Gardaí were contacted by the accused man’s parents who were worried about his wellbeing and safety after they returned home to find an axe embedded in their wooden floor.Other household items had been badly damaged as a result of Mr Gibson wielding the axe.The defendant was taking refuge in a property close to his home, and it was at this location that Sergeant Jim Collins was assaulted in August last year.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court, “The parents of Mr Sean Gibson were concerned after finding an axe embedded in the wooden floor, and other items in the house were badly damaged.“They contacted Gardaí as they were extremely concerned about his safety and well-being, he was seeking refuge at an address nearby.“However, when Gardaí arrived at the house, the defendant was not compliant and wouldn’t open the door for them as they attempted to negotiate with Mr Gibson.“Mr Gibson then proceeded to verbally abuse Sergeant Collins, and it was at this point he threw a saucepan of boiling water at the Garda.“The boiling water made contact with his arms and shoulder, he tried to lock the door, but Gardaí gained entry.“The defendant was upstairs and he struck Sergeant Collins with the shaft of a brush on his head and tried to push him downstairs.“He was eventually overpowered by Gardaí and subsequently arrested.”Solicitor for the defendant Gordon Curley said his client was deeply remorseful for his actions, and said his issues with alcohol and cannabis were contributing factors in this incident.Mr Curley told the court, “My client is 28 years of age, and he has a long, long history of mental health issues.“He’s got issues with alcohol and cannabis, at the time of the incident he had broken up with his long-term girlfriend and was in a bad place.The case was adjourned until November 21st after Judge Paul Kelly ordered a probation report in the case.Man threw saucepan of boiling water at Gardai was last modified: September 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boiling watercourtsdonegalGardailast_img read more