Ellen’s Letter to Obama: A Wakeup Call for the International Community, Liberians

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has written her United States’ counterpart, Barack H. Obama, requesting America’s swift intervention in Liberia’s Ebola crisis.She appealed to him to send US medical doctors and equipment to help stop the spread of the deadly epidemic in the country.In her letter, she told President Obama and the American people that the Ebola virus is spreading at an exponential rate “and we have a limited time window to arrest it.”The Liberian leader also bluntly told President Obama that the virus outbreak has overwhelmed the containment and treatment measures her government has attempted thus far.”Our already limited resources have been stretched to breaking point and up to now a private charity, Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), has responded robustly in all the affected countries. But MSF, too, has reached its limits,” she said.Liberia will lose the battle against the Ebola virus without more direct help from the US Government, she warned.She also told President Obama that well over 40% of total Ebola cases have occurred in the last 18 days.“Our message has gotten out and our citizens are self-reporting or bringing in their relatives. But our treatment centers are overwhelmed. MSF is now running a 160 bed-unit, the largest ever Ebola treatment unit in the history of the disease and even that is inadequate,” she stated.President Sirleaf openly told President Obama that the Ebola virus has created a national health emergency that posed serious challenges to the country’s unemployed youthful population, some of whom were child soldiers, and threatens civil order.“What is even heartbreaking is that we are unable to reopen our basic secondary health facilities because terrified health workers, who have watched their colleagues die from the disease, are afraid to return to work,” she said.About 153 health workers have been infected and 79 have died.President Sirleaf’s admittance that the Ebola virus outbreak has overwhelmed her government is a wakeup call to the international community to promptly and affirmatively respond to save Liberia.It is well over six months since the outbreak, but nothing really  concrete has come from the international community.By sitting and watching innocent lives taken away daily by a virus that can be contained and defeated is equal to the commission of genocide.The international community has a responsibility to Liberia in lines with international protocols, to which this sovereign nation is signatory and which it has always respected and enforced.It is time for President Obama and the American government and people to demonstrate their  true traditional friendship and partnership and demonstrate to Liberians and the world that Americans are truly our ally.The British Government has proven its worth in Sierra Leone where it is heavily involved in helping the Sierra Leone Government contain the Ebola virus from spreading. Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization’s later data, has the lowest Ebola-related deaths in the Mano River Union basin.We are also told that the Russian Government has dispatched doctors and scientists to Guinea and they have made successful gains in containing the virus from spreading. Guinea’s total Ebola deaths toll, WHO says, is about 600.But the toll in Liberia is fast  approaching 1,400 and could even go higher. One may wonder where are our international partners we usually boast of.And what is the United States,  our traditional ally, friend and partner—doing to help its oldest African friend? We pray that we are not being reminded of the 1990 civil war when US President George Bush refused to intervene to stop the civil war.The US Government’s refusal to send US troops to help stop the senseless civil in Liberia and save it from self-destruction led to the death of over 250,000 and the near total destruction of the country.  It took Britain and other partners of Liberia to  criticize the US before “Uncle Sam” sent US troops on the ground and demanded Charles Taylor’s departure, to which he immediately acceded.The US always supported ECOWAS troops during the war, however, but it wasn’t sufficient of them.The Liberian civil war immediately ended few months after US troops arrived in the country. We salute the US for the little it has done, but a lot  more is needed.The second wakeup call President Sirleaf’s letter goes directly to the Liberian people. The President has already made it very clear that her government lacks capacity financial, human resources and logistics to contain the deadly Ebola virus. What we need to do the most as a people is a ‘break in transmission.’Let us avoid coming in physical contacts with infected person (s) or sick people whose sicknesses have not been diagnosed by medical doctors.We are too good a people to be  destroying our own lives. We must stop pointing fingers, accusing and blaming one another for this virus and begin to report all suspected sick persons in our communities and save lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMickey McGlynn is back for his 25th season at Finn Harps.Finn Harps physio Mickey McGlynn is back for an incredible 25th season at Finn Park but he’ll have to watch tomorrow night’s league opener from the stands as he serves a one-match ban. McGlynn got in trouble with the match officials during Harps FAI Cup defeat to St Pat’s when Gareth Harkin was ridiculously sent-off late on.Harps manager Ollie Horgan was sent off for his protests and he’ll have to watch the first three matches of the season from the stands. McGlynn’s story is one of longevity and dedication to Finn Harps, and the affable medical man has overseen some changes at Finn Park since 1990.Despite the struggles the club has suffered during that time and the highs and lows that come with senior football, McGlynn’s love for the game and for the club has never diminished.This is reflected in the fact that he’s gearing up for his 25th season in the League of Ireland and that he’s looking forward to it.Football in the League of Ireland has become more professional since 1990 and that has inevitably placed greater demands on players, staff and medical personnel. McGlynn told Donegal Daily, “The professionalism and scientific approach to games and training has stepped up massively since then, no doubt.“Back then you trained twice-a-week and you played your match, there was no conditioning programmes, no off-season programmes, no real focus on nutrition, no video analysis.“Now you’re training three, four times a week, you’re also trying to factor in recovery programmes that are essential for modern day players .“So it’s undoubtedly more difficult and demanding, but we all enjoy it and we love doing it, nobody is at the club for financial reimbursement, we all do it out of the love of the game.McGlynn believes the standard of the league has increased due to the more professional approach adopted by clubs. McGlynn feels that is evidenced by the mass exodus of players from the league to the UK, but he still feels the league doesn’t get the respect it deserves.“With the more professional approach adopted that has resulted in a huge increase in the standard of teams and players.“You only have to look at some of the players that have left the league, Seamus Coleman, Keith Fahy, James McClean and Kevin Doyle are just a few that all went over and done extremely well at the highest level.“They benefited from playing here before making the move, no question about it. “Look at Ryan Manning, he played in the First Division last season for Galway Utd and he signed for OPR in January.“I don’t think the league gets the credit it deserves, especially the First Division, there’s some quality players in it and some really good sides and it’s an incredibly tough league.“It’s an old cliché but they really aren’t any easy games in the division and it’s a very competitive league.When pressed on predictions for the season McGlynn was conservative but feels the squad have a good mix of experience of quality and feels they have the artillery in their ranks to kick on.“I think the aim is to improve on last season and try and get into the play-offs, that’s easier said than done though.“There was good foundations built last season, and we were a very well-organised and solid outfit, we were difficult to beat and I’m sure we’ll be hard to beat this season too.“We’ve got a good squad, there’s plenty of experience and quality in it, and they’re a tight knit group.“Our Achilles heel last season was probably in the final third, if we can be a wee bit more clinical we could do well.“There’s a good buzz around the squad, and Ruairi Keating returning has given the place a lift, he’s an exciting player and he done well here last year.“Hopefully Wilfried Tagbo can get his registration sorted because he looks like he could be a very good player for us.McGlynn says the management and coaching staff have left no stone unturned in their preparations for the new season and is hopeful the season can be a good one for the club.“From Ollie and James on the management side of things to Michael Black on the conditioning and fitness of the players no stone is left unturned.“Ollie is one of the hardest working managers in the league, no doubt about it he eats, sleeps and breathes football and he has a great knowledge of the league.“Ollie and James know the league inside and out and they know what way to approach every game and how teams will set-up against you.“There attention to detail is forensic and we’ll never be unprepared for any match.“Michael Black does top-class work as well and we’re well prepared and looking forward to the season.McGlynn as stated in above will not be allowed to take his place in the dug-out tomorrow night against Shelbourne and is disappointed by the ban.“Look it’s done and dusted now, I’m disappointed about it, I’ve never been banned before but one suspension every 25 years isn’t a bad record so I can’t moan too much about it.“Hopefully we get a good result and that will set us up nicely for Cabinteely next week at Finn Park.There has been eyebrows raised about the appointment of the match officials for tomorrow’s match.The controversial referee involved in that FAI Cup semi-final will be the fourth official tomorrow night and considering the bad blood following the fall-out of that cup semi-final, it’s certainly a surprising choice.McGlynn will be back where he belongs on Monday for the EA League Cup clash with Galway and he’s looking forward to many more years with Finn Harps.TWENTY-FIVE YEARS NOT OUT FOR FINN HARPS PHYSIO MICKEY MCGLYNN was last modified: March 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more