A philosophical statement says “If you would be honored, honor and be honorable.” This is exactly what unfolded in the life of one of Liberia’s few medical doctors, Gorbee Logan, whose efforts, combined with others in different quarters, have led to a decline in Ebola cases in the country.Dr. Logan is assigned at the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, which was among those hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease, which has claimed more than 3000 lives in Liberia.He used the anti-retroviral therapy with other supplements to successfully treat some at least 10 Ebola patients in that county.In a statement of recognition to him in the Calvary Baptist Church on 18th Street, Sinkor, the head pastor, Rev. G. Larque Vaye, emphasized that Dr. Logan and Liberian health workers clearly demonstrated patriotism and ethics during this tough time in Liberian history.Rev. Vaye noted that Dr. Logan, being one of his church members, has made them proud in discharging his duty amidst challenges that many medical practitioners could not withstand, and was pleased to recognize his efforts so that others can emulate his (Dr. Logan’s) good example.He (Rev. Vaye) believes that awards and honors await Dr. Logan, and for the church not to be behind in recognizing their own, they deemed it expedient to take the first turn.Sharing his impression in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on December 21 following the honoring, Dr. Gorbee Logan said he was pleased for Liberians to recognize his and others’ efforts in this health crisis.Recounting ordeals encountered in Bomi, he said cases began emerging from June and in September Ebola cases escalated in the county leading to the death of at least nine of his health workers.According to him, traditional practices including bathing of dead bodies and performing other rituals that require coming in close contact with the sick and dead aided the increase of Ebola in Bomi.He said after months of intense work to convince the people to denounce cultural practices in curing Ebola, they can now boast that Bomi is relieved of Ebola, with only three cases in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).He said the cases are from Grand Cape Mount County where the same traditional practices are still carried out.Dr. Logan lauded UNFPA for its assistance to the health team in Bomi, acknowledging that it has led them to reach community dwellers in various homes and deliver health messages to them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The vessel discovered in a creek at Annbisi River, Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waimi) on Saturday last is not submersible but in fact a “modernised boat”, according to acting Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams.The “modernised” boat that was found in a creek at Port KaitumaLast weekend, acting on intelligence received about a submerged craft being seen at the bank of the creek, Police ranks went to the area and arrested two men, including the Venezuelan owner, and confiscated the vessel.At the time of the discovery, the vessel – about 25 metres long, 2.7 metres wide, and 2.8 metres in depth – was at the time of its discovery and seizure undergoing maintenance work which was being carried out by a Guyanese welder.The craft was subsequently brought to the city and has been lodged at CID Headquarters in Georgetown.However, speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Williams explained that the owner used the boat to transport fuel. He noted that in its original form, the vessel had a capacity to hold approximately 80 to 90 barrels of fuel and as such the owner wanted to “modernise” the boat to expand its capacity so that it can carry a larger quantity of fuel.Nevertheless, the acting Crime Chief noted that the probe is still active as the Police are trying to verify the documents for the boat. He added that they are also checking with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to find out whether there are any legal requirements to make such changes to a vessel and whether the changes were registered, if required.Further, Williams disclosed that investigators are also working along with the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) to ascertain whether the vessel was found in illegal waters, that is, waterways earmarked for non-traversing by vessels.According to the acting Crime Chief, there are no reasons to believe that the vessel was being used for any illegal activities.Over the years, local security agencies have been working on tightening the policing of the country’s vast hinterland regions with the aim of clamping down on illegal activities such as narcotic trafficking, which has found the interior as a safe haven.In fact, the discovery of the vessel initially spurred concerns among law enforcement officials since it was thought to be a submersible craft; the type usually linked to the narco trade.In September 2014, a self-propellant semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel was discovered in the Waini River, Region One during an intelligence-led operation between the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force. The vessel weighed approximately 18 tonnes and was 63 feet long.There were reports of the vessel having links to Colombia however, this was never substantiated.