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Refuge Place Clinic Donates Ambulance to MCHT


first_imgThe proprietor and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Refuge Place Maternal Child and General Clinic, Dr. Musoka P. Fallah, on behalf of the clinical staff, has presented a second-hand new Nissan Pathfinder ambulance to the head of the Montserrado County Health Team (MCHT), Dr. Fred Amagashi.Dr. Fallah is a Liberian who undertook his medical studies in the United States, but has since returned home to contribute “free of charge” to the rebuilding of the education and health sectors.He is a visiting assistant professor at A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. Dr. Fallah has extensive experience working in humanitarian crises with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia (MSF) during the heat of the Liberia civil war. He has over five years of experience in development work. Dr. Fallah is currently working on a consultancy contract with a USAID-funded project to develop a program for the recruitment, training and deployment of community health officers. His clinic is located in Bassa Town, Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia. It offers 100 percent “free medical services” to the over 4,672 inhabitants of the community, which contains about 560 houses.The clinic, which operates on the motto, “Zero Deaths to Mothers and Children, was established last June, but was forced to shut down due to the unprecedented wave of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). It resumed full operations in October with 42 staffers that are divided into two groups; one of which is implementing the clinical outreach program, while the other works directly under the supervision of the officer-in-chargeThe ambulance presented yesterday, marked NG 0456, is valued at US$8,000. It was presented to Dr. Amagashi, Montserrado County Officer. The van is to be used by the MCHT mainly in the Gardnerville Community including Montserrado Electoral District #s 11, 12 and 13 respectively.According to Dr. Fallah, the presentation of the ambulance is part of the Refuge Place Clinic Administration’s effort to identify with the government through the authorities of the Ministry of Health, for use by the MCHT.“As a partner, we are happy that we intervened with relevant stakeholders during the Ebola fight even though we had some constrains since we are just a small partner, but we are concerned about maternal services. This is why we have presented the ambulance to bring the sick, but mainly the expected mothers to the nearby health facility when the need becomes necessary,” Dr. Fallah declared as he presented the van to Dr. Amagashi to a round of deafening applauses.Refuge Place Clinic Officer-In-Charge (OIC), N’Chung Eben, who presented the keys of the ambulance to Dr. Amagashi, outlined some of the challenges in the health delivery system, especially in the area of maternal care. She expressed confidence that with the coming aboard of Dr. Fallah, her staff would endeavor to restore confidence in patients when it comes to administering of services at the Refuge Place Clinic. Shortly after he received the ambulance, Dr. Amagashi said he was elated and gratified, while his assistant clinic supervisor, Levi O. Yarnay, described Dr. Fallah as someone who is not so strange, because he stood by the MOH during the Ebola fight last year. Yarnay said Dr. Fallah was one of the doctors that introduced the newest and best practice health delivery services to Johnsonville; as well as established community engagement and active case findings, which supported the fight that led to Ebola eradication from Liberia.Yesterday’s presentation ceremony was attended by an array of local officials, including the Gardnerville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kanneh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


FBI identifies `Newlywed Bandits’


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Rocha is currently enrolled as a student at Rio Hondo Community College in Whittier, Eimiller added, and may have attended the school as recently as the last several weeks. Meyercamp is on parole for burglary and assault and is reportedly a La Puente gang member, Eimiller said. The crimes were reported at banks in El Monte, Duarte, Diamond Bar, Claremont and La Habra, Eimiller said. The couple’s alleged spree began on Oct. 18, when Meyercamp is believed to have robbed an East West Bank in El Monte, FBI officials said. The next crime occurred on Oct.23 at a Bank of America in Duarte, said Eimiller. In this crime, only Rocha was seen inside the bank, she added. The FBI released the names Thursday of two suspected bank robbers known as the “Newlywed Bandits,” wanted in connection with five robberies in the region over the last month, officials said. Rayceana Racheal Rocha, 22, and Paul Harlen Meyercamp Jr., 26, are being sought in connection with the robberies, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Thursday. Both suspects are former residents of El Monte, she added. While Rocha and Meyercamp are not believed to be married, they are involved in some kind of romantic relationship, Eimiller said. In the three robberies that followed at an East West Bank in Diamond Bar on Oct. 30, a Downey Savings in Claremont on Nov. 6, and a La Habra Wells Fargo on Nov. 8, both suspects allegedly worked together to rob the banks, said Eimiller. In all but the last robbery, only one teller at each bank was robbed, Eimiller said. In the La Habra crime, the suspects allegedly robbed a teller each before fleeing the store. In all the crimes, however, similar tactics were used. The suspects use a note demanding cash to rob tellers, said Eimiller. Although they always threaten that they’re armed, “no witnesses have actually seen a weapon,” she added. Nonetheless, Rocha and Meyercamp are presumed to be armed and dangerous, Eimiller said. A red two-door 1991 Jeep Renegade with a black top and license plate number 5RSR665 is believed to be their getaway vehicle, officials said. The FBI is not releasing the amount of money stolen in the robberies, however Eimiller said that in all five crimes so far, the suspects successfully got away with cash. The suspects were named after surveillance photos from the robberies were published in the media, said Eimiller. “Someone who knows the couple recognized them on television,” she said. Federal arrest warrants were issued for the two on Thursday, officials added. Anyone with information about these suspects is asked to contact local law enforcement or the 24-hour line of the FBI in Los Angeles at (310) 477-6565. crime@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more