Who Is Poisoning Our Wells?

first_imgEarly Sunday morning people in the capital, Monrovia, awoke to the terrible news that a certain band of individuals were going around spilling formaldehyde in wells in the general vicinity, beginning in the Roberts International Highway area in Margibi County.There are those who believe it is not formaldehyde but some other highly poisonous substance being used to contaminate the wells.Early Monday morning there was commotion at the New Georgia Junction on Somalia Drive when a man or group of men was spotted putting unknown substances in wells with syringes.The first story was immediately reported by the state-run Radio ELBC.When the Daily Observer reporting team went to Zone 8 near ELWA Hospital junction, they were told to proceed to police operations further up the Robertsfield Highway, because the people poisoning the wells had first been spotted in the Margibi area not far from the Roberts International Airport (RIA).Indeed the Daily Observer web site carried early Monday the photograph of a man who had been arrested for allegedly putting substances into wells in the Margibi area.The Observer web site also reported that 10 persons had died in Dolo’s Town along the Robertsfield Highway; and later that another 20 or more people had perished after eating food at a repast in the town.  The site carried photographs of the incident, including that of a dead dog which had also been poisoned.But there were two developments that, in the midst of all this, created serious suspicion: ELBC, which had first broken the story, back-tracked on it, saying that it was a “mere rumor.”  The suspicion intensified when it was later learned that the National Traditional Council of Chiefs had gotten involved in the investigation, taking it over from the police.  Now for Heaven’s sake, what do traditional chiefs have to do with a criminal investigation? This very serious and alarming matter should be in the hands of professionally trained criminal investigators working for the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and, given the reports of so many dead, the entire Joint Security.But the back-tracking by ELBC and the alleged sudden involvement of the Traditional Chiefs in the investigation have raised alarm bells as to what is really going on.  Is this something far bigger that it appears?  Who is behind it?  Is this a new form of ritualistic killings, only on a massive scale as the elections approach?  Are there higher-ups involved?  Who are they and why do they want to traumatize the already Ebola-terrified Liberian people?The man arrested on the Robertsfield Highway was quoted as having said that he was not alone in this criminal and murderous adventure.  “We are many more, about 250 of us, who have been well trained to carry out this exercise,” he was said to have revealed.It is indeed mindboggling (unbelievable) that in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, anyone would want to inflict upon the hapless Liberian people another deadly menace, such as pouring poison into the people’s sources of drinking water.What on earth is the motive?  Is it a ritualistic exercise feeding the ruthless ambitions involving higher ups seeking or consolidating political power?  Or is it politically motivated by detractors to destabilize the country in order to force regime change?And why are the Traditional Chiefs involved?  What business do they have to do with this criminal investigation?  Do they know the people involved in these wicked deeds?  Is there any connection between them and the suspects?With people dying from poisoned drinking water, and reports of other marauding murders intent on poisoning more wells to kill more people, it seems to us that this is a very serious matter that demands the immediate intervention of the Ministry of Justice and the entire Joint Security Force, including UNMIL, to get to the bottom of this new deadly menace that has befallen the already Ebola-traumatized national landscape.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoH, UNICEF, Others Hold Stakeholders Advocacy Meeting

first_imgParticipants during the Advocacy stakeholders meeting in Monrovia.Ahead of a 3-day Polio immunization exercise in the country, the Ministry of Health (MOH), World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has begun holding advocacy meetings with stakeholders.The meeting is intended to intensify  awareness as well as discuss the challenges faced during the exercise, and to ensure possibilities for successful conduct of the immunization process is expected to begin from May 10_13, 2019 across the country.Samson Q. Wiah, Deputy Program Manager, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), informed a cross section of participants that the campaign is of public health concern is essential to highlight major issues, including challenges that will help to design new strategies for the successful conduct of the immunization exercise.Wiah said as the ministry gears up to begin the process in the field, its public health team, including community volunteers, are going to reach out to every house, village, community, urban district of the country to ensure that no child is left out of the vaccination targeting children from 0-59 months, with supplements.Some of the supplements contained vitamin “A” which provides good eye sight for children, and also protect them from polio and other  diseases.The team will also be administering Mebendazole (worm tablets). All of these vaccines will help to boost immunity and protect the child from other infectious diseases as well.“The polio vaccine is free, safe and does not have any negative impact on the child’s health, as it has been perceived in the public,” Wiah said.He recalled that since 2010, there has been no case of polio reported in the country; a plus for Liberia.It may be recalled that on March 7, 2017, the Ministry of Health with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization and other partners concluded a four-day polio immunization campaign from February 24– 27, targeting a total of 945,464 children from 0– 59 months. The post-campaign independent monitoring data at the time indicated that Liberia has achieved over 95 percent national coverage in each of the last five consecutive polio campaigns.However, research has shown that there are three countries in the world that are still carrying the polio disease, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

California inferno sets off political firestorm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The rebuff outraged Republicans. Many attacked the vote as a scheme to take advantage of GOP absences. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas accused Democrats of acting like “vultures circling above the burned-out homes of California families.” Republicans maneuvered three times to shut the House for the afternoon. Each attempt failed. Extension of the children’s health insurance bill ultimately passed, 265-142. The vitriol was the latest in a series of searing partisan bickering over global warming, federal funding and patriotism that have erupted since the fires broke out last weekend. As crews battled more than a dozen blazes from Ventura County to the Mexican border, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats linked the fires to global warming. Several Democrats used the issue to take swipes at the White House. WASHINGTON – The blazes in California this week sparked a political firestorm in Washington on Thursday as House Republicans tried to block a vote expanding children’s health insurance. With seven GOP lawmakers in the Southland touring fire damage and helping evacuated constituents, Republicans asked Democrats to delay until next week votes on a revised but still-controversial bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Democrats refused. The Californians’ absence would not affect the final outcome, they contended, while also noting that the House conducted critical votes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina even though Louisiana and Mississippi lawmakers rushed to their home states. “We all understand how important it is for members to be home with their constituents. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t continue with the work of government,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The threat of global warming is significantly the risk for wildfires. The Bush administration has ignored this,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer and presidential hopeful Chris Dodd, D-Conn., accused Iraq of sucking away National Guard resources that might have gone to firefighting. The California National Guard’s equipment, she noted during a hearing, is down 50 percent, Boxer noted at a hearing, “because they’re all in Iraq.” Both accusations infuriated Republicans. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, called the National Guard contention “nuts ” and noted in a television interview that only about 10 percent of the Guard is in Iraq or Afghanistan. And Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, said the global warming and Iraq war concerns are coming from “the `blame America first’ crowd in Washington.” The fires, Bilbray said, “are caused by winds that have been around for thousands of years.” Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, issued a statement excoriating Democrats for holding the vote on SCHIP. He and other California Republicans have objected to the $35 billion expansion that would cover 10 million additional kids. “The Democratic leadership is once again showing that they only care about scoring political points,” he said in a statement. “They are showing a blatant disregard for the people we are elected to represent and are trying to help.” Waxman, whose district includes Malibu, where an estimated 4,400 acres were scorched, said California Republicans could have flown home either after Thursday’s vote or earlier in the week. “The day they chose to go out was calculated,” Waxman said. “The fires have been going on for a week, and I think they just chose today to go out there because they wanted to complain.” Pelosi, meanwhile, suggested that California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who supports expanding the health insurance bill – personally urged her to go forward with the vote. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img