Medecins 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)
Read the full text of H.R. 1628, “American Health Care Act of 2017,” below: Share AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellThe Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local):11:35 a.m.Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP’s 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.Schumer says, “We live in the wealthiest country on earth. Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan “with heart” following the release of a Republican plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law.Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care “with heart.”The president spoke shortly after Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to get rid of much of the Obamacare law.The bill faces broad opposition from Democrats. But Trump says that Republicans would love to have Democratic support.___11:18 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the Republican plan to scuttle the Obama health care law, arguing it’s the right alternative to a “failed” Obamacare.Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law.He outlined the GOP plan that would cut Medicaid, slash taxes and waive the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance.Senate Republicans had been briefed on the plan earlier Thursday.Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.___10:56 a.m.Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.It would repeal tax increases Obama’s law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama’s statute imposes on people who don’t buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. But its fate remains uncertain.It faces uniform Democratic opposition. And at least a half-dozen Republicans — both conservatives and moderates — have complained about it.___10:20 a.m.Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama’s health law.Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law’s expansion of coverage.Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell developed the bill behind closed doors. The measure represents his attempt to satisfy GOP moderates and conservatives who’ve complained about the measure.McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. But it remains unclear whether he will have enough votes.___3:50 a.m.Senate Republican leaders are ready to release their plan for rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law.Congressional aides and lobbyists say it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases Obama imposed to help expand coverage.The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is unveiling the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans.It represents the Kentucky senator’s attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to hold next week.The measure would drop the House’s waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with medical conditions.The sources are describing the bill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make the disclosures.
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Netflix announced a programming deal with US producer and distributor Lionsgate today for its soon-to-launch UK and Ireland service.The agreement, which gives the content streaming and DVD service exclusive rights to Lionsgate TV series and movies in the first pay TV window, was widely reported late last year, but only confirmed today. The deal covers new Lionsgate titles The Expendables 2 and The Hunger Games and library fare including Reservoir Dogs and Saw.
Video management software provider Telaria has announced the appointment of two new hires.Bill Swanson has been appointed as VP, EMEA to lead the company’s growth in the region. He will report to Telaria chief strategy officer Doug Campbell and will be based out of the company’s London office.Carole Dubourg has also joined the company as Country Manager for France where she is based in Telaria’s Paris office.Swanson joins the company with over 20 years of industry experience, most recently as chief revenue officer, EMEA, at PubMatic. There he was responsible for launching and growing the company’s EMEA supply side platform business and driving its expansion through opening multiple offices across the region. He has also held roles at The Independent (ESI Media), The Times, and The Sun (News UK).Dubourg was most recently country lead in France at Sizmek where she managed the sales team and developed and expanded relationships with all the platform’s stakeholders. Previously, she was the managing director of digital at Doctissimo, a Group Lagardere company where she was responsible for monetisation across all digital properties. She has also held leadership positions at Ovalie Communication, Yahoo! and Canal+.Mark Zagorski, CEO at Telaria said: “We’re delighted to have Bill and Carole join Telaria to further solidify our global leadership team and help extend our video platform footprint throughout EMEA. Cord cutting is becoming a global phenomenon, and as advertisers seek to connect with audiences in new OTT environments across Europe, having experienced leaders to help publishers take advantage of this opportunity is essential.”Swanson said: “Telaria has built a leading position in connected TV and premium video in the U.S., and I’m looking forward to leveraging that expertise and unique technology for the growing CTV/OTT market in EMEA. With transparent business models and technology that simplify challenges and unlock programmatic video opportunities for publishers and brands, Telaria is perfectly positioned to accelerate growth in the region as more brands and agencies look to access cord cutters and premium video takes off.”Dobourg concluded: “I’m excited to join Telaria at this strategic time as television and digital video undergo significant changes in France. I see enormous potential for Telaria’s proven technology in digital video and connected TV in this region, and I look forward to contributing to the company’s accelerated growth.”