Marion Subah Wants Gov’t Invest in Pre-Service Health Education

first_imgMrs. Marion Subah (2nd from left) poses with the honorees, including Drs. Gwenigale and Dahn.Maternal Child Survival Program/Human Resources and Health (MCSP/HRH) Liberia’s Chief of Party (COP), Marion Subah, has underscored the need for government to invest in pre-service health education programs to augment the strength of the sector.Mrs. Subah made the call at a program marking the official end of the Maternal and Child Survival Program Human Resources for Health (MCSP/HRP) Learning and Dissemination Event hosted yesterday, September 13, at a resort in Monrovia.The well-arranged and time bound program was hosted under the theme, “Celebrating and Promoting Sustainable Pre-Service Education for Quality Human Resources for Health in Liberia: MCSP/HRH Empowering Midwives and Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs).”The MCSP/HRH project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).“It will be important that sustained intentional effort and investment are put in place to ensure that the pre-service education remains robust to have a long-lasting impact on the quality of healthcare, especially for the women and children,” Madam Subah said in her presentation about results of the project’s achievements and/or accomplishments.The USAID-funded MCSP/HRH is supporting the Liberian Government’s commitment to strengthening the country’s health workforce through the project.The project is focused on strengthening pre-service education for registered MTLs in targeted institutions throughout the country.MCSP aims to strengthen and expand a fit-for-purpose, productive, and motivated health workforce to end preventable child and maternal deaths.Madam Subah said the program was initiated after realizing that Liberia has one of the lowest number of professional healthcare workers in the world.According to her, a survey established that instead of having 45 health workers to 10,000 populations, it had 11.8 healthcare providers to 10,000 persons.She also indicated that the Ebola outbreak, which occurred between 2014 and 2015, highlighted the crisis that was exacerbated by a major gap in health workers’ skills.“As part of rebuilding the country’s health system, transformation of pre-service education (PSE) was prioritized so that it could produce a fit-for purpose, productive and motivated health workforce,” Madam Subah said.She said that the program placed special emphasis on midwives and medical lab technicians as cadres that were critically low, and were crucial for reduction of unacceptably high maternal mortality rate of 1072 to 100, 000 live birth, considered one of the highest rates in the world.The objectives of the program were to increase the quality of instruction at targeted pre-service training institutions by upgrading the technical competencies and teaching skills of faculty, including clinical preceptors, and strengthening curricula, course materials and delivery of both didactic and clinical training.It was to also strengthen the learning environment at targeted pre-service training instructions and teaching sites in a comprehensive way through improved access to high-quality instructional resources, equipment and technology.Madam Subah said that during the project’s assessment, they discovered a limited number of qualified midwifery and medical laboratory technology in pre-service education leaders and managers, faculty and preceptors, as well as limited or non-teaching materials to facilitate student learning.“Skills and practicum labs did not have sufficient anatomic models and supplies for practice in simulation, while all computer labs needed to be strengthened or established,” she told the gathering comprising high profile individuals, among them former ministers of Health Drs. Walter Gwenigale and Bernice Dahn, both of whom were honored for their respective “invaluable contributions to the project.”United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christina Elders, told the gathering that amid the growing challenges, “The bottom line is that at the close of the project, we have more trained midwives and laboratory technicians to provide care to women and children.”“We are convinced that we will soon be seeing the desired results of this investment: reduced morbidity and mortality among women and children, hoping that the gains we have made will be sustained and the strategies employed will be adapted and scaled for greater national impact,” Elders said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police unearth gun, ammo at Matthews Ridge

first_imgA man has been arrested following the discovery of a gun and several rounds of ammunition at Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).According to reports received, Police acted on information and went to a house and conducted a raid where one of the occupants had a snub nose .38 revolver along with three matching rounds of ammunition.He is expected to be charged shortly.last_img

Sales assist heart patient

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Patsy Gonzales, a marketing representative for a Whittier car dealership, heard about a young Whittier man forced to postpone his New Year’s Eve wedding after being diagnosed with heart problems, she could not sit by and not help, she said.Gonzales said she learned of Kevin Long’s condition from mutual friend Rey Casillas and an article in this newspaper.“I was shocked to learn that this 20-something young man, this great guy, was so sick,” Casillas said. “So I turned to the community in Whittier for help.”Gonzales enlisted the support of her employer, Whittier Chrysler Jeep Dodge on Whittier Boulevard, and launched a campaign to raise money to help 24-year-old Long by selling water bottles in the dealership’s showroom.She hopes money from the drive will help Long and his fiancee, Stephanie Meyer, 26, pay off a $10,000 debt from their canceled wedding.Long and Meyer got engaged in July. They invited 130 guests to their wedding, rented a church in Newport Beach for the ceremony, booked a reception on a yacht in Newport Harbor, hired a photographer and bought invitations.Then, about a month before the wedding, Long came down with a virus that doctors later discovered had attacked his heart. Eventually, he was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of the heart that could lead to a fatal heart attack.Long, who is now at home recuperating, said he and Meyer were amazed when they learned that a local dealership was raising money on their behalf.“We have been dealt a difficult hand, so we are very, very grateful to them for showing us this kind of support,” Long said.Gonzales decided to sell water bottles instead of asking for cash donations because that seemed like a better way to raise money, she added.“We felt it was the right thing to do in our hearts, because it’s such a bad thing to happen to a young couple who are starting out,” she said.She said the dealership will continue to sell the water bottles through the end of this month.Despite Long’s illness, the couple have set a tentative wedding date for May. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

GARDAI SEEK PAEDOPHILE’S COMPUTER TO TRAIN OFFICERS IN SEX CASES

first_imgGardai in Co Donegal want to use a computer seized from a pervert to train officers to spot other paedophiles. The computer was seized as part of an operation into child pornography.The case has been dealt with but Gardai now want to use the contents of the computer. An application was made at Letterkenny Circuit Court to have the computer handed over to Gardai.State prosecutor Patricia McLaughlin said such computers are usually destroyed under the law.However she stated “Usually the application is to destroy it but Gardai want to use it for the training of officers in this type of thing,” she said.Judge John O’Hagan said he presumed it was the hard-drive of the computer which Gardai would be seeking to access.However he added “I think it is not a bad idea but I have a feeling I may not have the power (to hand the computer over to Gardai),” he said.He granted a destruction order on the computer but put a stay on it until further investigations are carried out.GARDAI SEEK PAEDOPHILE’S COMPUTER TO TRAIN OFFICERS IN SEX CASES was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:courtsGardainewspaedophilepervertSex casestraininglast_img read more

DANIEL AND MADGE OPEN THE NEW ‘ROSSES SITTING ROOM’!

first_imgMadge O’Donnell cutting the ribbon assisted by Sue Islam, Director of Nursing at Dungloe Hospital on the right and Daniel O’Donnell on the left.Daniel O’Donnell helped with the official opening of Dungloe Community Hospital’s newly refurbished ‘Rosses Sitting Room’.The funding for the refurbishment of the sitting room was sponsored by Supervalu Dungloe who raised a total of €6,300.Daniel performs at the official opening ceremony.The new refurbishments have lent a bright and airy feel to the sitting room and it provides a space for the residents to relax in a comfortable, homely environment. The oldest resident in the hospital Madge O’Donnell, who is 97 years old, did the official honour of cutting the ribbon.The event was enhanced by musical performances from Paddy Joe O’Donnell, Danny Dunleavy, Neily Boyle, P.J. Sweeney and our local celebrity Daniel O’Donnell.A Jiving demonstration was given by local children Zara O’Donnell and Dayna Dixon.A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all residents, their families and the staff of Dungloe Community Hospital. The HSE and Dungloe Community Hospital would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Supervalu Dungloe.Residents and staff in the newly refurbished ‘Rosses Sitting Room’.  DANIEL AND MADGE OPEN THE NEW ‘ROSSES SITTING ROOM’! was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalDungloe Community HospitalMadge O’DonnellOPENINGRosses Sitting Roomlast_img read more