Global Communities, an American-based development organization, recently concluded a daylong cross border surveillance meeting for Ebola response between Liberian and Guinean authorities in the Liberian Town of Belefanai, Zota District in Bong County. The objective of the forum was to enhance cross border surveillance as a means of maintaining the gains being realized by both countries in an effort contain the further spread of the Ebola virus, despite reports of renewed outbreak in the Liberia, while Guinea and Sierra Leone are still battling with the virus.At the meeting, officials representing the two countries seized the opportunity to provide each other with situation updates about the EVD in their respective countries.The Liberia delegation was headed by Bong County Superintendent, Selena Polson Mappy, while the Prefecture of Youmou, was represented by an official of the Guinean Government.The meeting was organized by the America-based international development organization, Global Communities (GC) with funding support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Global Communities representative makes power-point presentationCurrently Global Communities is providing material, technical and financial support to 36 community-based teams along the Liberian-Guinean borders.The event, according to Global Communities Acting Advisor in Bong County, Michael Sackey Fogbawa, was hosted with the intent to enable community dwellers residing at the border towns of the two countries to get involved by helping to secure cross-border entries aimed at containing the spread of the EVD.The Global Communities, he said, will establish a database recording system on both sides of the border to indicate people leaving and entering from the two countries.Mr. Fogbawa said the organization has identified 36 villages on the Liberian side of the border as places of interest for work, and therefore, will work with the local chiefs, health practitioners and community dwellers to ensure that measures put in place are observed.“Global Communities will hold regular meetings with the community residents and provide them compensation regularly as an inducement so that people will follow strategies laid down by the community,” Mr. Fogbawa declared.He assured residents of Bong County that his organization, in partnership with the county leadership and other organizations, will continue to make significant contributions towards the Ebola fight until it is rolled out of the sub-region.He challenged authorities of the two countries as well as health workers, traditional leaders, youth and women groups and the local administrations to organize a robust network to constantly monitor the health situation as a means of preventing resurgence of the disease along the borders.Earlier, Bong County Superintendent Selena Mappy extolled Global Communities for organizing the Ebola surveillance meeting. She stressed that the forum will help to further strengthen the existing cordial relationship between people of the two countries.She then hailed her Guinean counterpart for participating in the forum, adding, “This demonstrates that the two countries are prepared to redouble their efforts in the fight against the EVD.”For his part, the Guinean Prefecture Mustapha Flomo Conde, speaking through an interpreter, commended Global Communities for the opportunity and said the meeting will further increase the education his government has been carrying on along the border.Prefecture Conde told the meeting that the number of cases has drastically reduced in Guinea as the result of the full involvement of the community people and the government of Guinea.The Guinean delegation also included the City Mayor of Youmou, the head of the health team, the commander of the Gendarmerie, the coordinator of Civil Society Organizations, traditional leaders and youth leaders. Bong County’s delegation included the County Immigration Commander, County Health Officer, Dr. Samson Azoakoi, the Commissioner of Panta District, the Paramount Chief of Zota District and an array of other local leaders.Participants at the meeting were provided the opportunity to ask questions relating to the Ebola transmission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DINNER BY SEVEN, having finished second to the speedy imported filly JENNANDROSESGIRL over the straight on September 12, is tipped to go one better in the competitive looking restricted allowance race over the course for three-year-olds at Caymanas Park today.From the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, the three-year-old filly was highly fancied to win over the distance last time out, but found JENNANDROSESGIRL too elusive and finished two lengths second in a good field of non winners of two.DINNEER BY SEVEN chased the winner relentlessly behind fast splits of 22.3, 45.3 and back in action with only 51.0`kg, will not go down easily in a race of this nature, especially from her favourable high number draw.The daughter of Liquidity-Colony Belle can expect stiff competition from TROJAN and ABBEY ROAD, along with the lightly-raced but promising pair of JESSE’s FAVORITE and GOLD MEMBER, both of whom impressed over the straight in maiden company last Saturday.biggest dangerTROJAN, who was behind DINNER BY SEVEN in fourth over the course on September 12, is poorly drawn at post position one and looks held by DINNER AT SEVEN coming from post position 13. The Richard Azan-trained ABBEY ROAD has trained well and set to carry 50.5kg for the services of new apprentice Bebeto Harvey, could prove the biggest danger to a very fit DINNER AT SEVEN, who I am expecting to make all on the stands’ side, with in-form Paul ‘Country’ Francis aboard.Elsewhere on the card, ENHANCE PROSPERITY, with promising apprentice Linton Steadman riding for trainer Donovan Thompson, is primed to win the third race over the straight for five-year-olds and up.She finished a close sixth to LORD STORM in a $350,000-$300,000 claiming race on September 12, beaten only 2 3/4 lengths in a better field than the one she runs in today. Having secured a favourable high number draw, ENHANCE PROSPERITY is preferred to GREAT BROWN and YOUR EMINENCE in a field of 13.I also like STIR IT UP in the fourth race, MONEYNEVERSLEEP in the fifth, LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the seventh and EXPRESS TRUCK in the closing race.