MSF Opens Ebola Transit Point in New Kru Town

first_imgMedecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) has opened a transit point on Bushrod Island to help deal with suspected Ebola cases in the area before transferring those testing positive to ETUs and sending patients with other conditions to Redemption and other hospitals for further treatment.The Liberian healthcare system has been seriously impacted by the Ebola epidemic. Many hospitals and clinics are closed, and those that are running turn feverish or vomiting patients away for fear that they have Ebola.”Speaking yesterday during the official opening of the unit, the Swiss Field Coordinator of MSF, Sebastian Stew, said the unit is intended to screen suspected Ebola patients seeking treatment at Redemption Hospital.According to him, the unit is constructed to help the Redemption Hospital avoid dealing with Ebola patients through the screening process and keep suspected Ebola cases away from other patients.“We want the people of New Kru Town to take advantage of this opportunity because this is one of the ways that Ebola can be eradicated from Bushrod Island and Liberia. Patients with Ebola symptoms will be sent from the out-patient department of Redemption Hospital to the Transit Unit to have the screening for Ebola.”The Transit Centre is a small short-stay Ebola Treatment Centre (24-72hrs). It is intended to receive patients with signs and symptoms of Ebola in a safe and protected environment, take care of them while allowing nurses to test the patients to confirm Ebola Virus infection before transferring them by ambulance to the MSF Ebola Treatment Center at ELWA, or any other Ebola Treatment Centre, if they are confirmed as Ebola positive.According to Stew, “Redemption is one of the most important hospitals in Monrovia, providing free care for everyone. New Kru Town is an area that has been severely hit by Ebola and it makes sense to set up the Transit Unit there.He continued, “We are hoping to receive the first patient today and as the Redemption Hospital is open, the unit can help greatly to support the more suspected cases. We have 10 units and will make sure that no one infects the other.  The unit is large enough for each patient to occupy a room or unit.”Mr. Stew further explained that the unit has a team of health promoters and psychosocial workers, who will be the link between the patients and their families and there will be opportunities for the family to come and visit.The medical director of Redemption Hospital, Dr. Mohammed Sankoh, said he was impressed with the unit as it would help to handle suspected Ebola patients before determining further treatment.He explained that the entire Redemption Hospital would soon be open to the public, especially with the opening of new Ebola transit point nearby.“We want to get all the materials disinfected because the hospital was also run as an Ebola holding unit and most of the patients diagnosed were Ebola patients. This transit point is very important as it gave us ample time to reopen the hospital,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drake Legend Paul Morrison Celebrates His 99th Birthday

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – It is a time to celebrate today as Drake Athletics honors Mr. Drake, Paul Morrison, on his 99th birthday.  Paul has devoted his life to Drake and it is only fitting that we pay tribute to a true living legend.In 1935 Morrison arrived on the Drake University campus as a student with aspirations of attaining his undergraduate degree before attending medical school.  While at Drake, however, he became extremely active in journalism, becoming sports editor of the Times-Delphic as well as the Drake yearbook, the Quax. Morrison also was a member of Chi Delta Fraternity, which is now the current Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter.Paul Morrison graduated with a degree in journalism in 1939 and briefly returned to his hometown of Cedar Rapids to work for the The Gazette. Like most men of his time, Paul had a war to fight, and was drafted into the U.S. Army, 6th Division.Morrison was stationed in the Pacific theatre where he took care of his division’s newsletter.  By the war’s end he had attained the rank of Sergeant.Upon his return from the war he resumed his position with The Gazette before being hired as the first full-time director of the Drake News Bureau on December 15, 1945. He later would serve as the athletics business manager before beginning a lengthy run as sports information director.Morrison retired from his full-time position with Drake in 1986, and has continued to serve the university by volunteering his time in the athletic department as historian and consultant.In 1949 Morrison achieved what he might claim as his greatest accomplishment, marrying his wife Pauline Cameron DeWit Morrison. Pauline was secretary to the Dean of Students at Drake when they met. Paul likes to claim “She just kept chasing me until I finally came to my senses and let her catch me.”Although he has an outstanding list of career achievements and awards given to and named after him, Paul still puts family first.  He and Pauline had two daughters, Mary and Marian Holbrook (Holly), as well as Paul’s step-daughter Jenine DeWit Steele. Each has graduated from Drake, and a total of 14 members of the direct Morrison family have earned degrees from Drake.Paul Morrison truly exemplifies the spirit of Drake University. For years he took a daily trek from the Bell Center, where he still volunteers after retirement, to Olmsted Center (the student union) to eat lunch around the students. He maintains tremendous relationships with former students and student-athletes, and his friendships are many, far beyond Des Moines. It’s difficult to go anywhere in the world of collegiate athletics, be identified as a Drake Bulldog, and not have somebody ask about Paul.Paul remembers some of his best times at Drake being the successful basketball teams of the late 1960s and the continuing success of the Drake Relays. He also says he does what he does for the interactions with current students.Although he officially retired from Drake in July, 1986, Paul still volunteers full time as the Drake historian. He keeps Top 10 statistical books for all sports, while maintaining regular communication with past letter winners. If one has a question about Drake sports, Paul is the one to ask. He has more than just the answer, but a razor-sharp recall of particular elements and names that surround the topic.Morrison was honored in 1997 as the inaugural recipient of the Missouri Valley Conference Meritorious Service Award, now known as presented as the Paul Morrison Award. It is presented annually at the MVC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.Paul was modest in his reception of the award.  “It’s a nice honor to be associated with it, but it’s not about me.  It’s about the great history of Drake athletics and the promising future of the programs.  Drake student-athletes are outstanding, and there are still many exciting achievements to come.  That’s what the Hall represents to alumni and visitors alike.”Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more