IOM in the News
Assistant Labour Minister for Trade Union Affairs Emmett Crayton has hailed the collaboration between the Government and World Hope International (WHI) in the fight against Trafficking In Persons in the country. Assistant Minister Crayton said without support from WHI, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other partners, the fight against trafficking in persons would be “very difficult.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have begun training 25 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization in Intense Border Screening.
The training is intended to intensify the screening process of people coming into Liberia, especially from Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.
Speaking over the weekend at the start of the joint Training of Trainers workshop in Monrovia, BIN Commissioner Cllr.Lemuel Reeves admonished his officers to make use of the training.
The Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration in Liberia, Mr. Sortino Salvatore, has called for high level of alertness and surveillance at the borders of Liberia.
Addressing a news conference at the IOM office in Monrovia at the weekend, Mr. Salvatore said the Ebola response in Liberia is at a major turning point, and as such, there is a need to keep alert and surveillance at the various crossing points.
The Inquirer: In a bid to curb the further spread of the Ebola virus disease, the Government of Liberia has opened an Ebola Treatment Unit in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County. The ETU which appears to be one of the best in the country will be managed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
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Liberian Observer: With the alarming number of new cases in the county, the IMS and its partners will open the Ebola Treatment Unit in Sinje and move in with more ambulances and health workers to ensure that the situation is put under control.
The Head of the Incident Management System (IMS) and Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah…attributed the increase to migration of people suspected of the virus and the continuous denial by some residents that people are dying of the Ebola epidemic in the country.
Bangor Daily News: The first facility completed, named the Buchanan Ebola treatment unit, was handed over to the International Organization for Migration, which customized the facility for its needs before opening it to the public.
Clarksville Online: Singing, clapping and dancing greeted Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade, out of Fort Hood, Texas, as they walked up to a tent to attend the grand opening ceremony of the Ebola treatment unit near Buchanan, Liberia.
“Based on the other ETUs and the experiences we have, we decided that it would be best to make adjustments to the facility,” said Dario Gonzalez, a medical director with IOM, and a native of New York City. The adjustments of the ETU made by the IOM were to enhance their vision of care, Gonzalez said.
The Monrovia Inquirer: The Medical Coordinator of the Buchanan ETU, Dr. Ellen Einterz, said the unit has four steps in helping patients that will be infected with the virus. Dr. Eintrez named these steps as transporting cases, making diagnosis in 24 hours, treating patients with Ebola treatment protocols and providing psycho-social treatment for patients.
She disclosed that there are over 175 employees assigned at the unit and that 150 of this number are national staff, while 25 international staff.
“Our message to the locals is that we are here to help and we will do the best we can.”
IOM was hosted on UNMIL Radio’s flagship programme ‘Coffee Break’ (on 10/12) where Andrew Lind, IOM Liberia Project Coordinator spoke about plans to provide care to the people of Grand Bassa County at the Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Buchanan. He explained,