As MOHSW Celebrates Int’l Children’s Mental Health Day:

first_imgThe Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) Thursday, May 8, celebrated the International Children’s Mental Health Day under the theme, “Inspiring Resilience, Creative Hope.”The event, held on the compound of the Health Ministry, brought together government officials students and community dwellers.Speaking at the occasion, Yeetlen Niapeh, a Medical Health practitioner at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) urged parents to promote resilience amongst their children in order to help them solve their mental challenges; adding that they (parents) should be resilient in their speeches and activities.She noted that Liberia has no mental health facilities and medications to help children combat mental health issues.“We do not have mental health facilities here, so parents, community dwellers, and family members should help children in the process. Mental health problem is difficult to the upbringing of every child, so we must take a step in helping these children, because they are our future and Liberia wants the best of them,” she said. Madam Niapeh highlighted peer pleasure, early marriage and teenage pregnancy as some of the challenges that lead to mental health disorder in children.She recommended to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that a policy be put in place to address cases of mental illness in children.“I will also want to recommend that the Catherine Mills Mental Health facility is rehabilitated. With that we will have a starting point and from there, we know where to go again.”She also called on school authorities to create counseling sections in our schools because, the children spend most of their hours in school,” she said.Also speaking, Mrs. Theresa J. Grandoe, Deputy Chief of Interpol Liberia National Police, acknowledged that mental health problems are originated from the home and family.She noted that most family members tend not to know about their children’s daily activities, adding that as a result, many children get involved to move around with the wrong friends.She also urged parents to report to the LNP if they have cases of exploitation against their children, because exploitation is one of the main causes that lead to mental health disorder.“Liberia needs a strong law to combat drugs trafficking. We need to join hands to track down culprits that are making the lives of our children difficult and stop them from escaping. We have started what we call the Yellow Notice. This is to help trace perpetrators of crimes. Once you have a case of sexual violence and exploitation, just report the case and if we enter it in our data base, we can track down criminals no matter where they are,” she stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Oil spill response 90% completed

first_imgGuyana’s National Oil Spill Response Contingency Plan, which is ninety per cent complete, is being drafted by local experts in key sectors.Guyana’s National Oil Spill Response Contingency Plan, which is ninety per cent complete, is being drafted by local experts in key sectors.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Director General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig explained that the planning and drafting of the plan was done by local agencies with some technical advice from international bodies.“We decided to use our in-house experts within the country because these persons understand their roles and responsibilities better than those (international) experts when it comes to developing a plan that is tailored to Guyana and is specific to our environment,” he said.Consultation development of the oil spill response plan commenced in 2017 with technical support from the United States Coast Guard. In February of this year, more emphasis was placed on the development of the plan and a National Oil Spill Planning Committee. The committee comprised representatives from the CDC, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Energy Agency, Maritime Administration. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.Since the establishment, the team has met regularly on Tuesdays to identify key roles, responsibilities and to craft the plan.“We are about 90 per cent complete and we are now making final edits and developing some of the annexes”.Craig explained that the annexes in the plan will be used for guidance on the types of resources, contact information and call-out procedures. The DG emphasised that the most critical aspect in the development of the strategy was the planning process.“Going through the planning process with key stakeholder would ensure that people know what their roles are,” he stressed.The CDC has already begun procuring oil spill response equipment. According to Lt Col Craig, there are approximately four containers containing millions of dollars’ worth of response equipment stored at the Commission’s warehouse in Timehri, East Bank Demerara.“We are now working with the main agencies to identify some of the key resources and where they will be deployed because once something happens, you want to have almost immediate response and having the resources deployed and having persons trained in the use of these resources is very essential in responding, containing and minimising the impact of an oil spill,” he explained.Craig also related that as part of the plan, volunteers are being trained and equipped to respond in the unlikely event of an oil spill on or offshore.It was noted that operators in Guyana’s basin are also required to have an oil spill plan which must be approved by the CDC. In the event of a spill offshore, each operator is responsible for responding and managing that spill. Before the end of October, the CDC will host a broader stakeholder engagement.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Director General of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig explained that the planning and drafting of the plan was done by local agencies with some technical advice from international bodies.“We decided to use our in-house experts within the country because these persons understand their roles and responsibilities better than those (international) experts when it comes to developing a plan that is tailored to Guyana and is specific to our environment,” he said.Consultation development of the oil spill response plan commenced in 2017 with technical support from the United States Coast Guard. In February of this year, more emphasis was placed on the development of the plan and a National Oil Spill Planning Committee. The committee comprised representatives from the CDC, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Energy Agency, Maritime Administration. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency.Since the establishment, the team has met regularly on Tuesdays to identify key roles, responsibilities and to craft the plan.“We are about 90 per cent complete and we are now making final edits and developing some of the annexes”.Craig explained that the annexes in the plan will be used for guidance on the types of resources, contact information and call-out procedures. The DG emphasised that the most critical aspect in the development of the strategy was the planning process.“Going through the planning process with key stakeholder would ensure that people know what their roles are,” he stressed.The CDC has already begun procuring oil spill response equipment. According to Lt Col Craig, there are approximately four containers containing millions of dollars’ worth of response equipment stored at the Commission’s warehouse in Timehri, East Bank Demerara.“We are now working with the main agencies to identify some of the key resources and where they will be deployed because once something happens, you want to have almost immediate response and having the resources deployed and having persons trained in the use of these resources is very essential in responding, containing and minimising the impact of an oil spill,” he explained.Craig also related that as part of the plan, volunteers are being trained and equipped to respond in the unlikely event of an oil spill on or offshore.It was noted that operators in Guyana’s basin are also required to have an oil spill plan which must be approved by the CDC. In the event of a spill offshore, each operator is responsible for responding and managing that spill. Before the end of October, the CDC will host a broader stakeholder engagement.last_img read more