Ellen Outlines Plans for Resilient Health Sector

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has outlined what her administration would do toward improving the nation’s healthcare delivery and resilient health sector.The President, in her Thursday, November 19 address to the nation, said her government’s plans for rebuilding a resilient healthcare system include improved conditions for healthcare workers, upgrading major referral and county hospitals, training of medical personnel and arranging an effective system for drug supply.In the President’s nationwide address, she touched on a number of health issues affecting the entire country. In the health sector, which was severely challenged by Ebola, according to President Sirleaf, her administration has made some achievements. “But the fragility exposed during the Ebola attack was a reflection of the overall fragility of our post-conflict disposition,” the Liberian leader said.Among the achievements in the sector, she told Liberians and their foreign partners that access to health services and to healthcare increased from 41 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2013. “This was made possible by increased health facilities from 354 in 2006 to 712 in 2012. Ten public health facilities were established,” she said.She mentioned that before she leaves office, her administration would construction additional health facilities. The President also said that a free package of health services across the country has increased access by 71 percent. However, President Sirleaf stated that maternal mortality, which decreased significantly, has once again climbed to an “unacceptable level due to the impact of Ebola.” She said that progress in reducing infant mortality enabled Liberia to achieve the now expired Millennium Development Goals Number 4, which focused on child mortality. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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100 Things Rockets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

first_img Listen Elaine Thompson/APHouston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon faces Shaquille O’Neal in the 1995 NBA Finals. The Rockets fell to the Utah Jazz last night at the Toyota Center by a score of 100-89, to fall to 1-3 on the young season.As the team works to get back to the promised land of the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in the 1990s, a new book looks back at some of the highlights of the team’s history so far.100 Things Rockets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die is written by the Houston Chronicle’s Rockets beat writer, Jonathan Feigen. It details plenty of the obvious things – like the team bringing the city its first sports championship in 1994 and again in 1995.There’s the Dream – Hakeem Olajuwon. There are other marquee players like Moses Malone, Clyde Drexler, and James Harden. There’s coaches and announcers through the years. And there are pivotal, game-winning shots – and some heart-breaking losses.In the audio above, Feigen walks Michael Hagerty through some of the more notable and lesser-known stories. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /12:36 Xlast_img read more

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