Last month of July, fourteen selected staff members of SJCH, three members of the Liberian Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) and one member of the ‘Stella Maris Polytechnic Mother Patern College of Health Sciences’received a four-day training on ‘Good Clinical Practices’ and ‘Good Laboratory Practices’ in biomedical research.The course is part of a European-funded project (SELeCT) that aims to buildinstitutional capacities to conduct clinical trials by training hospital personnel on clinical trial conduct, upgrading laboratory infrastructure, and building community trust in health research. Read more on “SJCH Staff Members Participate in a Course to Strengthen Capacities in Biomedical Research”
Yesterday, August 2nd, our beloved Brother and Hospital Director Patrick Nshamdze died in ELWA Hospital in Monrovia at age 52, after 23 years of religious proffession.
Br Patrick, born in Cameroon, was tested Ebola positive on July 29, after being sick for two weeks. He had been previously tested on July 18, with a negative result.
All of us who form the family of the Saint Joseph´s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God ask for your prayers for his soul.
The worst epidemic of ebola in History
The outbreak of ebola in West Africa is the biggest in History, and it is the first time that affects several countries at the same time: Liberia, Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leona. First cases were detected in January 2014, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared oficially the epidemic in March.
From then on, cases of this disease –with a mortality rate over 90%– had increased, with 518 deaths up to date, which makes this epidemic the most serious, besides it being the first time that the disease outbreaks in this region. Previous known eruptions happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Hospitals of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Sierra Leona and Liberia are taking care of patients with ebola, in coordination with the Ministries of Health, which count on scant resources and facilities to face this epidemic, and that is why it is so urgent to control and stop the progress of the disease.
Your help will serve to provide resources to these Hospitals that let them to take proper care of this emergency, allowing a better care for patients with ebola and for health workers and their families.
What do we ask for
Donations to install an isolated area and buy specific medical stuff and disinfectant products for the right control and treatment of ebola.
Nowadays the vaccine is inexistent, hence the treatment is just symptomatic.
Because medical equipment required for treatment of ebola are expensive and our Hospitals in Liberia en Sierra Leona can´t afford them and are asking for help.
Destiny of the aids
· St. Joseph Catholic Hospital de Monrovia (Liberia).
· St. John of God Hospital de Lunsar (Sierra Leona).
Authors: Asiya Odugleh-Kolev (Technical Officer, Global Capacities Alert and Response, WHO, Geneva), Sharon Salmon (Assistant Director Nursing, Infection control, National University Hospital, Singapore), A/Prof Dale Fisher (Head of Division of Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital, Singapore)
MONROVIA – On May 22nd, 2014, the Liberian Country Office of the African Development Bank, headed by Yaah Margaret Kilo Hilda Sanosi, made a donation of Glucometers with stripes and assorted hygienic items to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital. This was in fulfillment of the pledge made by the ADB staff during the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee of the Hospital on March 15th, 2014.
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