‘Make Immunization Strategies Practical Nationwide’

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first_imgA prominent Liberian epidemiologist has urged civil society groups to make immunization strategies practical nationwide.Mr. Raymond Toupiley, Data Manager of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) gave the caution last Tuesday at the first General Assembly of the Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP) in Monrovia.The LIP is an organization comprising 22 civil society groups, championing the mass immunization of children and child-bearing mothers nationwide.EPI’s Data Manager Toupiley also urged the LIP leadership to push for inclusion in the World Health Organization, in order for the entity to exhibit swift responses to the immunization program of the country.He said that Liberia’s southeastern counties have exhibited poor performance in terms of immunization coverage owing to enormous factors.Mr. Toupiley intimated that some of the factors associated with poor immunization coverage are due to bad road conditions and also because people are not taking the initiative to spearhead vital medical programs.He reminded the LIP staff that it is one of the responsibilities of civil society groups to ensure that community dwellers take part in immunization programs of children and child-bearing mothers in the country.Mr. Toupiley acknowledged, however, that the entity since 2008 has been able to achieve at least 88% of immunization coverage.He however said that owing to the current spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia, such achievements have suffered setbacks, declining in several parts of the country.Mr. Toupiley disclosed that Liberia is at 70% immunization coverage and that three of Liberia’s rural counties are far below the performance radar, in terms of immunization of children and child-bearing mothers.“After the Ebola virus crisis in Liberia, LIP has a greater role and responsibility and we don’t want the staff to sit in these offices but go out into the field to work,” Mr. Toupiley said.“Work out your immunization plans and we’re ready to share all the great and good information with you in order to vaccinate all our children wherever they are in our war-affected country,” Mr. Toupiley emphasized.He further admonished LIP and its members to not take sides in immunization initiatives, saying that immunization is aimed at rendering services to the future generation of Liberian children.Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Liberia’s Senior Advisor Raymond Studer described the first LIP General Assembly as a significant event, saying that he was happy that over 25 Liberian civil society groups had come together to work out plans.“Frankly, I wish to let you all know that you people are doing what I’m doing as a local partner in the immunization process of Liberia,” Mr. Studer asserted.He explained that the CRS is principally interested in empowering communities in Liberia, especially in the vital and all-important health sector of the nation.In remarks, the United States Agency for International Development’s (UASID) Representative on immunization, Mr. Stephen Sizi, thanked LIP staff for considering USAID in the immunization program.Mr. Sizi told the audience and staff of LIP that working on child survivor issues is indeed a challenge and such endeavors should be approached with concerted efforts and a sense of collective endeavor, regardless of which country you are from.Mr. Sizi stressed that the participation of grassroots organizations is important and that LIP must place itself in a cardinal role to fulfill this need nationwide.For her part a Commissioner of the National Aid Commission (NAC), Mrs. Juineta Ramertz, noted that she regrets the huge impact the Ebola virus Disease (EVD) has had on the HIV-Aids program of the country.“We will systematically assess all the sectors and communities the deadly Ebola virus has impacted across the country,” Commissioner Ramertz said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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Tri-State Treasure: The Veterans Memorial Coliseum

first_imgMARCH 8TH, 2019 TOMMY MASON EVANSVILLE, INDIANAFrom basketball to big musical performers to bingo and even body slams Evansville’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum has hosted a wide range of events since its dedication in 1917. The 6,600 square foot limestone building was officially known as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum after construction in memory of those who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.After the completion of what is now the Old National Events Plaza in the early ’70s, Vanderburgh County officials had no use for the aging structure.General Manager Andrea Stafford says a new generation of veterans would soon be tasked with preserving the monument for many years to come.“Veterans Council said please let us take it over. We’ll maintain it. We’ll keep it open. We keep it running. So, they did. They took it over in 1971. They pay a dollar a year,” says Stafford.On average, the Coliseum hosts 75 events per year. In the 1970s and 80s regional pro wrestling promotions like the continental wrestling association.Stafford shares some of the big-name grapplers who jerked the curtain at the Coliseum.“Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Dutchman Tell, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, and the Undertaker. A lot of them actually got their start here,” says Stafford.And the list goes on with some of the most compelling live broadcasts shot in the bowels of the building.Stafford says there’s another show happen in those halls now. “We have some celebrities downstairs too. I don’t know if people have died in the building or they have an attachment to it. There is some spooks downstairs,” says Stafford.Stafford describes one of those spirits as a dark entity. That cell is part of a network of tunnels connecting it to the old jail and the old courthouse where prisoners would be transported.Those passages have since been sealed. The 4000-seat coliseum would later play host to the Evansville College Purple Aces basketball team before relocating to Roberts Municipal Stadium in 1950.Although, the event calendar has become a bit thinner in the 21st century the spirit of those veterans and the monument they allow us to enjoy makes this a must see Tri-State Treasure.Comments0 commentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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