ECOMED located at 19 Off Kingharman Road, Freetown, has solved a critical issue for SLAFA. Using its MRI bone aging detection methodology, SLAFA can ascertain the age of their under-17 players.
Accordingly, the Under-17 national football team has commenced a scanning test known as the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test at the ECOMED Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre. The MRI test is part of the laboratory’s advanced services made available by latest technological developments in the developed world.
Using its MRI bone aging detection methodology, this will enable SLAFA to know the age of its U17 players who will be playing their qualifier match in Senegal, in preparation for the 19 African Cup of Nations to be held in Tanzania.
CAF requires every national U17 team in Africa to take its players through the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Pre Competition Cardiac Assessment (PCCA) tests. This is to ensure that the players that take part in the tournament are not only physically fit but also within the required age bracket.
Ten out of a total of thirty five technically selected players underwent the test on August 24 and the process is set to continue on Saturday August 25 with the remaining boys.
According to the Medical experts at the EcoMed Advanced Medical Diagnostic Centre, the test results will be available in 48 hours after the entire exercise.
Only players that will be ascertained to be not older than 15 years 6 months will be qualified to play in the U17 category.
ECOMED, which offers a one stop centre for both imaging and lab diagnostics is at the forefront of improving medical services in Sierra Leone providing reliable diagnostic results for Medical practitioners to properly treat their patients.
Today ECOMED provides the only MRI service in the country as well as an array of imaging diagnostics and laboratory work.
ECOMED is an example of private sector entrepreneurs providing services in critical areas such as the health sector.
ECOMED is a living example that Public Private Partnership is the only solution to restructuring the health sector where Government spends millions of dollars annually on various equipments which become obsolete within months.
The success of ECOMED in bringing modern diagnostic equipments into the country has been attributed to Management for its dedication and hard work.
Baby Mariama Sesay is an 8 weeks old baby who after few weeks of her birth, her mother observed that she was having difficulties in breathing and after almost 5 weeks it was getting more complicating as the baby was crying all night long as she was not able to sleep at night.
The Infectious Disease Prevention Center at 34 Military Barracks built with support from the Chinese government has started full service operation to the public on August 22nd, 2018.
An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday 17th August, 2017.
14 August 2018--Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday 14th August 2017, repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region.
The Project Coordinator, James Bangura for the USAID-PREDICT Project has disclosed that the new Bombali Virus identified in Bombali District, North of Sierra Leone is not an Ebola Disease. He underscored the fact that, the research has only identified a new strain of Ebola like virus in insect eating bats in Bombali district, adding that the new discovery is not a disease but a virus which the research has not been able to tell as to whether it can cause disease/ illness in humans when once it gets to the human population.
Mr. Bangura made the statement at a well-attended meeting organized by the Social Mobilization Unit of the Bombali District Health Management Team, Ministry of Health and Sanitation for district stakeholders on August 3rd at the Wusum Hotel Conference Hall in Makeni City.
While responding to concerns raised by stakeholders, Mr. Bangura stated that the research is an eye opener and early warning to community people, stakeholders, Health Workers, development partners and the country as a whole.
He added that 75% of the diseases that affect the human population come from animals, identifying a virus like this is timely for further research and action on the part of communities, country and partners. He referenced that the research work started since 2016 and PREDICT works in 30 countries around the world and continued that their focus in Sierra Leone was to identify which animal has the Ebola or Ebola like Virus.
Mr. Bangura reiterated that the Bombali Virus is a new strain of virus in the Ebola Virus Family. “This is the first time in the history of research and science that a new virus has been identified before reaching the human population, nowhere in the world has this been done” Mr. Bangura confirmed.
He continued that the research was done in six districts (Bombali, Koinadugu, Pujehun, Kambia, Kono and Western Area) targeting both wild life and domesticated animals and out of 8, 863 samples collected, only five bats linked to Bombali District had the new strain of Ebola like Bombali Virus.
He however, stated that the Bombali Virus is not the Zaire type that claimed the lives of many people in 2014-2015.
He educated stakeholders that the name Bombali Virus came about because the new virus was identified in Bombali District, just as Ebola Virus was discovered in Ebola River in 1976, 2007 Budibugyo Virus in Uganda, 1976 Sudan Virus in Sudan to name but a few.”
In science, research names are given to the area were the discovery is first made or the person who first made the discovery’. He noted. Mr Bangura warned community people against the interaction of these set of insect eating bats, because as he puts it, they live in the communities in thatch roofs, roof tops, palm trees, banana plantation etc.
He also advised community people not to kill them as they also have important role in the environment, citing that they are active eaters of mosquitoes thereby useful in the fight against Malaria and active pollinators. Mr. Bangura cautioned that no one should misunderstand the Bombali Virus for Ebola Virus Disease, as they only discovered Bombali Virus and not a disease.
He, however pointed out that research is still ongoing and they will come back to the community with the final outcome of the research. The research samples were first tested here in Sierra Leone at the Lab of the University of Makeni and further tested and confirmed at the University of Colombia. “|The lab outcome from the two universities was consistent, thus a new Bombali Virus was born”. Mr Bangura added.
(MFAIC Press Office, 10 August, 2018). The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba has said, that President Julius Maada Bio’s New Direction agenda will play an essential role in enabling the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society to serve the most vulnerable people within the country.
Dr. Alie Kabba made this disclosure during a courtesy call on him at the weekend by a delegation from the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society led by the Independent Interim Manager, Mabel Theresa Koketso, at the Ministry’s Tower Hill office, Freetown.
Mabel Theresa Koketso told the Minister that the purpose of their visit was to broaden and deepen the existing bilateral cooperation between the government of Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society and to update him on the present state of affairs of the society and to further request the government to assist its National Society in its role as an auxiliary in humanitarian matters in the country. She highlighted some of the significant contributions the Red Cross has made since its establishment in the country including efforts to end the civil war, assistance to victims of the Ebola scourge, the floods and mudslide disasters. Madam Theresa Koketso also highlighted some of the key challenges the society is facing especially in the area of government subvention to the society in accordance with the Geneva Convention and the effect of Executive Order 1, regards duty free waivers.
Welcoming the Independent Interim Manager and team to the Ministry, Dr. Alie Kabba on behalf of His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio and the people of Sierra Leone, expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society for providing humanitarian assistance over the years to the people who are vulnerable in the country especially in situations of disaster, crisis and conflict.
The New Direction agenda, Dr. Kabba stated, recognises the importance of strengthening organizational, coordination and delivery capacities of our National Societies, to respond to the increasing number and complexity of disasters and the growing number of vulnerable people. This calls for greater collective learning, adaptation, innovation and leadership to ensure that the national society achieves its greater humanitarian impact, he added.
The Foreign Minister underscored that, while it is essential that our national Red Cross Society should be exempt from taxation, it is also important to note that tax relief incentives for individual or corporate donors are also important for income generation.
‘I will continue to engage colleague Ministers on the issue of subvention and tax waivers’, Dr. Kabba Concluded.
Present were: the Director of Multilateral and International Division, Franklyn Fawundu; the National President of SLRC, Rev. Christian Fayia; the Secretary General of the SLRC, Mr. Gbawuru Sandi; and the Communications Director of the SLRC, Mr. Abubakarr Tarawally.
Friday 14th July, 2017: Eugene Cole, a seventeen (17) year old boy who is born on 29th December 1999, in the northern province of Sierra Leone form an extended polygamous family, has been on the hiding since surviving a brutal initiation process in the hands of Poro men in Yoni Bana, Tonkolili District.
The eldest of seven children born to a very committed and highly placed Poro man called Raymond Cole (now Yamba), Eugene had been singled as the appropriate successor of his father as supreme controller of the Poro society in that part of the country.
His father is a complete traditional man who has little or no respect for education and western ideas and thus was compelling the young and promising Eugene to choose the path of traditionalists instead of fostering his western education. The father had been alleged to always confront Eugene on several occasions to prepare for the Poro initiation but the lad was said to have always told him that he would never be a part to such group.
Meanwhile, information gathered by the Awareness Times Newspaper say during the afternoon hours of 5th July 2017, Yamba (Eugene’s father) was said to have organized a feast at home inviting his colleagues and friends. In the presence of huge gathering, it was alleged that there was a halt, as Yamba stood up, and told Eugene that the feast was organized purposely for him to be forcefully initiated into the Poro society. Eyewitness said, Eugene was taken to the Poro shrine where they forcefully initiated him despite his protest and resistance.
As a result of his forceful initiation, Eugene was said to have been very angry and bettered that he was narrowly escaped from the secrete shrine at night as he was left with no alternative but to reveal everything he went through to the public.
However, here in Sierra Leone, the process of initiation is always very secrete and that once one is initiated either forcefully of at will, he should have everything in top secrete.
Thus because Eugene took it upon himself to publicise the secrete of Poro society, he has now become an object of target as his life is in danger.
Eugene’s father and his colleagues are now very angry searching for him in the whole town that he had offended their “gods.”
Meanwhile, many who saw him the night of his escape said Eugene had gone to a nearby town named Mile 91, very devastated, as he then boarded a vehicle there to head for the capital in Freetown. Until now, Eugene’s whereabouts are still not known.