Medical Supplies Stolen from NDS, Shipped to Guinea

first_imgThe Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has arrested a truckload of Ebola-related medicines and medical supplies leaving Liberia bound for Guinea. The drugs were reportedly loaded to be smuggled to Guinea from Monrovia and exchanged for “fake pharmaceutical products” to be brought to Liberia when the DEA arrested the Guinean truck with plate number 7596-J, driven by one Hassan Kromah, a Guinean national.Those suspected to be in connection to the drugs trade have reportedly connected the hierarchy of the National Drug Service (NDS) as well as those from the Liberia Medical Health and Regulative Authority (LMHRA) and some personnel of the Ministry of Health (MOH), an insider at the DEA has informed the Daily Observer.One of the suspects involved is identified as Abdullai Kamara, who chartered the truck with two helpers, are helping the DEA with their investigation. He has meanwhile named two other accomplices to the deal as Sidikie Swaray and Musa Swaray.The 146 cartons of pharmaceutical items, according to DEA Director-General Anthony K. Souh, were arrested on Tuesday, September 1, on board the truck with other assorted items at the old Plank Field opposite the National Port Authority (NPA), while the truck was preparing to take off for Guinea.Among the medical supplies arrested were several cartons of drugs and other materials donated by international partners to Liberia’s health authorities toward the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), the DEA said, quoting health officialsThe medicines, some of which have expiration dates between 2017 and 2019, include five cartons of various types of penicillin injections labeled by the international dispensary association (IDA). Others include batches of paracetamol products, 49 cartons of disposable needles and syringes, other types of antibiotics such as Cloxacillin, Erythromycin, etc. They were donated to the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Health by Mission Pharmacy and Chattern Dispensary, while others are from the IDA.IDA Foundation is the world’s leading not-for-profit supplier of essential, quality-assured medicines and medical supplies to low and middle income countries such like Liberia. Founded in 1972, IDA Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and has offices in India, China, Nigeria and USA with a global network of over 40 representative agents.At a major press conference over the weekend, the DEA said it presumed the drugs came directly from a warehouse belonging to the National Drug Service and were headed for the Republic of Guinea.Present at the press conference were Liberia’s chief pharmacist, Tijli Tyee, and LMHRA executive director, David Sumo. The NDS managing director, Beyan Johnson, was not present but was represented by the Logistics Coordinator, Tom Nyanwatolu.In their separate statements, all three commended the DEA for the continued collaboration with their respective offices, which they believe eventually led to the arrest of the drugs bound for Guinea. The three officials individually promised to cooperate with each other and help the DEA with the investigation to establish circumstances surrounding the entire drugs saga.“We agree that these products are from our warehouse,” the NDS Logistics Coordinator said, “but we don’t know how they got out. We promise to investigate in collaboration with the DEA.”The NDS Managing Director Beyan Johnson confirmed knowledge of the arrest to the Daily Observer via mobile phone yesterday, but declined to elaborate. “I am aware of the arrest by the DEA and the ongoing investigation. I wouldn’t want to comment further.”Meanwhile, the DEA is convinced that the “high quality drugs in Liberia” are often taken to Guinea and exchanged for substandard medicines or the counterfeit/fake ones which are brought back to Liberia.However, DEA Director Souh said while the GOL was committed to fighting corruption, there are some elements therein that are undermining the fight, thereby importing fake medicines into the country undermine government’s effort to restore the health sector.He disclosed that those suspected in the smuggling of those valuable drugs from the ware houses of the government under the watchful eyes of the NDS are the same group of persons, who have the intent of bringing back into the country illicit, counterfeit or expired drugs only to harm the already poverty-stricken Liberians and paralyze the weak health sector.Recently, the DEA arrested a huge quantity of fake drugs being smuggled into Liberia at the border with Guinea, near Ganta, Nimba County. The fake products were brought to Monrovia and turned over to the authorities of the MOH through the pharmaceutical board.The drugs stolen from the NDS and arrested aboard the truck bound for Guinea have meanwhile been turned over to the Liberia National Police (LNP), who will later turn them over to the MOH. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A10, A30 and A50 to be launched today: Expected price, specifications and more

first_imgSamsung has turned over a new leaf in 2019 with the Galaxy M series smartphones as well as the new Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy M series has garnered positive reviews so far and Samsung wants to continue on the positive note with its new A series of premium midrange smartphones. At the MWC 2019, Samsung has already unveiled the new Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. However, rumours claim there’s another cheaper model called the Galaxy A10.As seen from the MWC 2019 demo, the new Galaxy A series brings some of the style quotient of the flagship S series while keeping an eye on the budget. The existing models in the Galaxy series offer something known as the Glasstic body that brings a new glossy finish. The A series models are also expected to gain a new gradient finish previously seen on the Galaxy S10.Samsung is expected to price the new Galaxy A models competitively. Samsung Netherlands will be selling the A50 for approximately Rs 28,000, which could put it up against the Vivo V15 Pro.The Samsung Galaxy A50 focuses primarily on premium camera features, a long-lasting and fast-charging battery and an Infinity-U display. The Galaxy A50 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. The display also houses an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The A50 is made of what Samsung calls a “3D Glasstic” material, which is essentially a highly polished plastic material with premium glass-like glossy surface and gradients.The Galaxy A50 is powered by a new Exynos 9610 chipset with four 2.3GHz performance cores and four 1.7GHz power-efficient cores. The A50 will come in two variants – one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the other with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.advertisementThe Galaxy A50 has a triple camera setup – 25-megapixel primary sensor with F1.7 lens + 5-megapixel F2.2 depth sensor + 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. The front-facing camera also gets a 25-megapixel sensor, but with F2.0 aperture. A 4000mAh battery keeps the handset alive.The Galaxy A30 is a toned down version of the A50. Instead of the Exynos 9610, the A30 uses the older Exynos 7885 with two Cortex-A73 cores and six Cortex-A53 cores. Instead of the triple camera setup at the rear, the Galaxy A30 gets a dual 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel wide-angle setup, the second having a wide-angle lens. There’s also a 16-megapixel selfie camera with a brighter aperture.The Galaxy A30 will come with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. The Galaxy A30 also ditches the in-screen fingerprint sensor and goes for a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.As for the pricing, Samsung is expected to price the new Galaxy A series competitively. The Galaxy A10 could be priced less than Rs 15,000 while the Galaxy A30 could get a price under Rs 20,000. The Galaxy A50 could be priced somewhere under Rs 30,000.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 quick review: Take note because Super AMOLED display and 3 rear cameras at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M30 launched in India: Triple cameras and Super AMOLED display at Rs 14,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A30, A50 quick review: Affordable mid-range phones that feel premiumlast_img read more