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

Pioneer Field Report | John Schoenhals 🎙

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this week’s pioneer field report, we sit down with Field Agronomist John Schoenhlas who covers northern Ohio. John chats about the dry down in the corn as well as tome tar spot.last_img

Serge Aurier’s slice of luck helps Spurs to victory over Brighton and into top four

first_imgShare on Pinterest “We’re a newly promoted team and we went through a really good period,” Hughton said. “Now, results-wise, we’re in a difficult period.“What we have to accept is that this is going to happen in a season and what defines you is how you come through it. Hopefully we’ve seen enough positives tonight to take forward.”For Spurs, the positives were the energy of Erik Lamela, who lasted 74 minutes on his first start since last year, and the physical determination with which they went about their task.They will need all that and more on Saturday when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face the record-breaking Manchester City, but Pochettino was in typically blithe mood when asked about the challenge (although notably less so when asked how Dele Alli had felt about being left on the bench for this match).“Look, I am so positive,” the Tottenham manager said of the Manchester City game. “I am a positive person, I am so happy because we won and the three points are so important for us.“What is going to happen on Saturday? Who knows. We are going to enjoy it because it is a fantastic challenge. We are going to play the best team in England this year and one of the best in Europe. And we are going to go to Manchester thinking we can win.” Premier League Read more Romelu Lukaku strikes and Manchester United beat Bournemouth Share on Twitter David Silva leads latest Manchester City masterclass in win at Swansea Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share via Email Reuse this contentcenter_img match reports Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Tottenham Hotspur clawed their way back in to the top four with an unspectacular but uncompromising display against a typically dogged Brighton & Hove Albion. The visitors gave their all and were in turn given full respect by their hosts, but a wonderful fluke from Serge Aurier and a Son Heung-min header late in the second half ultimately left them coming up short.Chris Hughton’s best-laid plans went awry thanks to a cross that went under the bar; Aurier’s looping ball from the touchline evading the fingertips of Matt Ryan in the 40th minute. It was the game’s decisive moment. Up until that point Brighton had largely kept Spurs at arm’s length. But they had expended a lot of energy trying and, in the end, a 2-0 scoreline felt about right. Topics Tottenham Hotspur “Yes of course, a bit of luck helps a lot,” Pochettino said after the match. “You know that when the opposition is so close and so deep and want to play only to defend it is not easy. I think the team created a lot of chances and deserved to score before, but that is football. I am so happy, very pleased for the victory and then the performance.”Pochettino insisted he was not criticising his opponents. “I am not going to complain about how another team plays,” he said. “I need to think about how to help my players, how to help them to make the right space.”It appeared, however, that he had altered his approach to try to crack the Brighton nut. In the first half set-pieces were rarely taken directly, and were instead pushed to the edge of the box for shots or shorter, faster crosses. In possession, too, there were more crosses and more shots, an apparently determined attempt to force deflections which might knock the Brighton defence momentarily out of shape.When it came to the opening goal, nothing could be done because it was not deliberate. It sprang out of a moment of wonderful skill, Aurier fooling José Izquierdo with a feint before driving his cross up over Ryan and into the far post. Son’s second came in the closing moments of the match, a stooping header at the near post from Christian Eriksen’s free-kick. Harry Kane hit the post with his own dead ball just minutes before that but had Tomer Hemed done better with a close‑range effort in the 70th minute, itself the result of a deflection, the game might have panned out very differently.Chris Hughton’s team now have just two points from the past six matches but they still find themselves in 13th position with home games against Burnley and Watford next. Brighton & Hove Albionlast_img read more

Human rights museum faces boycott over Metis legend snub

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French cable operator Numericable has added ESPN A

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