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    Liberia: Urgent Need for Medical Doctors Liberia: Urgent Need for Medical Doctors

    Liberia: Urgent Need for Medical Doctors

Liberia: Urgent Need for Medical Doctors

The Liberian Government has got more problems now perhaps than during the years of violence. The problems are multiple and hugely insurmountable in many respects, and it is glaring that the government does not have answers to all of them. The Unity Party-led government came to power in 2006, three years after the war ended in 2003. Most Liberians had thought that with the election of Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as president, she would have used her international contacts and influence to solve the problems. Honestly, she made some efforts in attracting the attention of the international community to focus on Liberia. It Is A fact that the current administration inherited some huge problems from past governments, but that does not alter the aphorism that government is continuity; therefore, this government is obliged to address the wishes and aspirations of the people. For Us, We believe that nothing is more critical than the health needs of the Liberian people. Our attention has been drawn to revelation made by Dr. Francis Karteh, head of the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, that there are 150 medical doctors in the country to attend to the health needs of 3.5 million people. Dr. Karteh: “As I speak to you, Liberia has 150 medical doctors, and when you divide this number by the population (3.5 million people), it means that you will have one doctor to 30,000 persons, and this is not good for the development of the country.” Analytically, Dr. Karteh’s statement is reminiscent of a worst scenario in which the vast majority of the people do not have proper health care due to the brain drain in the medical profession. It is highly probable that […]

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    The PUL PULLS Their Media Block-Out The PUL PULLS Their Media Block-Out

    The PUL PULLS Their Media Block-Out

The PUL PULLS Their Media Block-Out

Liberian media has lifted the block-out on activities surrounding President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and her chief bodyguard Othello Warrick. The decision was taken by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) following a unanimous decision to end the 18 days media block-out. In a statement, which contained a caveat, the union said “No manner of threats by Warrick and his EPS will cause us to waver in our resolve to uphold the public interest and remain the voice of the voiceless.” For 18 days, the Liberian media has had a block-out imposed on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and lately the government mouthpiece, the Ministry of Information, for defending terroristic statement made against the Liberian media by Othello Warrick, head of the Executive Protective Service (EPS). Mr. Warrick is on record to have issued terror threat against Liberian journalists at an occasion marking World Press Freedom day on May 3, 2013 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The day was declared by the United Nations to remind member states about the need for a free, independent and pluralistic media. But it was also observed to pay tribute to journalists and media workers who were killed in the performance of their trade. Warrick described media practitioners as terrorists and threatened to move on them, if they question the integrity of President Sirleaf. “Be Careful in questioning the integrity of Liberians. Be careful because you have your pen and we have our guns. If you incriminate the character or integrity of Liberia, like myself, we will come after you,” Warrick declared at the occasion. However, following Warrick’s threat, the government refused to condemn his reckless description of media practitioners and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf remained silent for days. In the statement issued yesterday, […]

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    Liberia: Journalists Disappointed – Over President Sirleaf’s Silence Liberia: Journalists Disappointed – Over President Sirleaf’s Silence

    Liberia: Journalists Disappointed – Over President Sirleaf’s Silence

Liberia: Journalists Disappointed – Over President Sirleaf’s Silence

Most governments, even repressive ones, at least give lip service to supporting freedom of the press–especially on World Press Freedom Day, May 3. But in Liberia this month, Othello Daniel Warrick, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s chief security aide, shocked local journalists by threatening them and calling them “terrorists” at a public event to mark the occasion, according to news reports and local media groups. Warrick’s threats set off a firestorm of protest which has yet to subside. Although he has since backpedaled and some government officials have spoken up to reaffirm their commitment to press freedom, the media are imposing a blackout on coverage of the presidency, which they insist they will uphold until Sirleaf herself speaks out. Warrick–the head of Liberia’s presidential guard, the Executive Protection Service (EPS), which oversees Sirleaf’s personal security–was a scheduled guest speaker at a May 3 event titled “Media-Security Relations: An Imperative for Consolidating Peace in Liberia” in west-central Grand Bassa County. But instead of emphasizing peace when he took the podium, he threatened the gathering of over 100 media practitioners assembled, saying the EPS has the right to arrest them without warrant and he would “go after” any journalist who publishes articles critical of him or the presidency, news reports said. “Any press member that surpasses his/her responsibility to get involved in presidential intelligence; trust me, we will restrict you,” Warrick said. “Be careful, because you have your pen and we have our guns. And if you incriminate the character or integrity of Liberians, like myself, we will come after you… the EPS has the right to arrest you without warrant.”