The Liberian Senate will hold a special session today, Wednesday, for the induction ceremony of Senators elected in the first special senatorial elections since the coming into being of the 1986 Constitution.The ceremony, which should have been held yesterday in accordance with the Senate Rules, was postponed for today following a motion by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee and approved by plenary. The Secretary was requested to inform the Senators-elect about the change of time.While the current 15 Senators were deliberating in chambers, the newly elected Senators were reclining in the air conditioned Cletus Wotorson Cafeteria awaiting news about their induction.Some Senators argued that instead of today, the Senators be given sufficient time to prepare and be inducted on Thursday, which is one of the regular session days. Earlier, the Senate Committee on Rules, Order &Administration as requested Monday after the Senators-elect presented their certificates to the Secretary of the Senate, informed the plenary that the certificates and credentials were well screened and reviewed, and found to be authentic. The Senate Committee, therefore, requested that the Senators be inducted in keeping with the Senate Rule.In the absence of a Pro Tempore proper, the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, will perform the induction ceremony which takes place at 11 a.m. in the Chamber of the Senate. Those to be inducted include: George Manneh Weah, (Montserrado); Jonathan L. Kaipay, (Grand Bassa), J. Milton Teahjay, (Sinoe), Gbleh-bo J. Brown, (Maryland), Jewel Howard C. Taylor (Ranking Senator, Bong) and Prince Yormie Johnson (Ranking Senator, Nimba).Also taking office today are: Marshall A. Dennis, (Grand Gedeh), Stephen J.H. Zargo, (Lofa), Francis S. Paye, (River Cess), Albert T. Chie, (Grand Kru), Conmany B. Wesseh, (River Gee) and Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Sr., (Gbarpolu).Senators-elect Varney Nabie G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount), Morris Saytumah (Bomi) and James Tornollah, (Margibi) County will not be part of the ceremony due to separate injunctions filed against them with the Supreme Court.Today’s ceremony is not only the first of its kind since the 1986 Constitution came into existence, but also the first time in Africa in recent memory that a former world football icon is elected to one of the highest national leadership posts such as the Senate.As they did during the official opening ceremonies of the Legislature Monday, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) die-hards are expected to turn out in their thousands on the grounds of the Capitol Building in solidarity with their political leader, George Manneh Weah, as he becomes Senator proper.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will soon benefit from the reopening of its National Tuberculosis (TB) in-patient facility, also known as the “Step-Down Care Centre” located at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). It is expected to be recommissioned on April 7.This was revealed by National Tuberculosis Programme Manager, Dr Jeetendra Mohanlall, on Friday during a visit to the facility by Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings.The Step-Down Care facility serves as an in-patient unit for persons with severeMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings and Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako touring the ‘Step-Down’ care facilitycases of TB that may require greater attention.“We saw the need for this (in-patient facility) since a lot of our patients need nutritional and psycho-social support, especially those who are multi-drug resistant and could take as long as 18 months to two years to be treated and cured,” Dr Mohanlall was quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Programme Manager said the Centre would cater for 18 to 20 beds, including isolation rooms for both male and female patients, with a pharmacy, kitchen, and laundry among other areas factored in.Minister Cummings said while she was satisfied with the current state of the facility, she expected other amenities to be offered that would not only benefit the patients but the staff assigned to the facility as well.The Minister stressed that although the number of TB cases has been reduced significantly, the Public Health Ministry wanted to ensure that in addition to testing and treatment offered at the facility for chronic patients, an appropriate facility is in place to care for the patients.According to statistics, during 2015, Region Four accounted for more than 50 per cent of the 439 new cases of TB recorded. The disease was extremely low in Regions Five, Eight and Nine, with a total of 18 new cases. Region Nine, however, recorded the lowest incidence – two cases, and Region Five the highest with ten.In Regions One, Two, Three, Six, Seven and Ten, new cases ranged between 15 and 37, with Region Seven recording the lowest and Region Three the highest.