Fire Guts JFK Cholera Unit

first_imgThe fire that raged over the 24th street community last nigt ransacked the JFK cholera unit.By C.Y. Kwanue and Joaquin SendoloDoctors, nurses and patients at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital in Monrovia were last night hurried out of the building by security guards when the Cholera Unit (left wing), which is adjacent to the National Drug Service (NDS) and the hospital’s mortuary, was gutted by fire.NDS ON FIREThe fire, according eyewitness account, reportedly destroyed the unit’s electrical panel boxes and several important documents including patients’ medical records.Although no human casualty was reported, the Daily Observer gathered that when doctors who were on duty spotted the flames, they hurriedly relocated to safety.Eyewitnesses said that save for the bravery of security guards attached to the hospital and onlookers who buttressed the efforts of firefighters, the situation wouldn’t have been easily brought under control.“The situation was quickly brought under control in less than two hours,” one of our sources stated.However, our sources could not emphatically say there were any human casualties.The fire that raged over the 24th street community last nigt ransacked the JFK cholera unit.The alarm on the fire incident at the JFK, which started after 9 p.m. yesterday, Tuesday, was raised when residents of 20th and 24th streets in Sinkor saw heavy flame coming from the direction of the hospital.The cause of the fire has not been established, but security officers and employees at the medical center told the Daily Observer that the fire began in the laboratory where drugs and other essential medical equipment are stored.“It is a huge damage to the hospital because this is where drugs and major equipment used in laboratory are kept,” a worker said.NDS on FireThe fire continued blazing up to 11 p.m. despite efforts by the Liberia Fire Service and their counterparts to contain the violent flames.Up to press time, it was not clear to what extent was the damage caused by the fire to the facility.It may be recalled that the recent history of fire disasters at government establishments in the country may be traced to the July 26, 2006 celebration of 159th independence anniversary, during President Sirleaf’s first year in office, when the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion was gutted by fire.Since that incident, President Sirleaf moved her office to the 6th Floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has since remained in spite of the two fire incidents that later occurred in the building.JFK BriefThe John F. Kennedy Medical Center is the national medical center of Liberia, located in the Sinkor District of Monrovia. The Center was built at the request of Liberian President William V.S. Tubman, whose 1961 visit with U.S. President John F. Kennedy laid the groundwork for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for a national medical center in Liberia. The project was funded with a US$6.8 million loan and US$9.2 million in grants from USAID and a US$1 million contribution from the Liberian government. Construction began in 1965 and the facility opened on July 27, 1971.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

India Offers Increased Export Opportunity to UK After Brexit: Study

first_imgBritain’s “increased export opportunity” to India, if it is outside the European Union, will be $3.2 billion, according to the Standard Chartered Trade Performance Index, which was released on March 13.The United Kingdom’s current exports to India are worth $5.5 billion. The predicted figure for exports if Britain remains in the European Union is $9.1 billion, while it stands at $12.3 billion if the country is outside the EU, giving rise to an “increased export opportunity” of $3.2 billion, according to the analysis of Notional Post-Brexit UK Exports.The United Kingdom’s current export to China is worth $24 billion, and its increased export opportunity if it is outside the EU is $10.1 billion. The report said that like all G7 countries, the United Kingdom would significantly benefit from focusing on China, but it also faces a sizeable opportunity to capitalize on its current relations with India. According to the report, UK businesses missed projections by $4.6 billion with China and $3.6 billion with India.The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies, consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.The Standard Chartered Trade Performance Index reveals the size of G7 goods export opportunities in seven emerging markets — Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam — termed the E7, representing a total of 49 exporting relationships.The E7 countries offer significant potential to become key G7 trading partners, the report said. Receiving about 10 per cent of all G7 private sector exports, “the E7 countries represent fast lanes to growth for G7 businesses seeking to drive export growth,” it added.“With membership of the G7 no longer being a passport to growth, the index reveals real growth opportunities. Every G7 nation has much to gain from accelerating their export performance in the seven economies we have identified as the Emerging Seven (E7),” Michael Vrontamitis, head of Trade for Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered, said in a statement.If the G7 economies reorient their trade strategy towards the E7, the size of the prize is an additional $162 billion annually, with an immediate 30 per cent gain, Vrontamitis added. “It is clear the E7 represent multi-billion dollar trading opportunities for G7 governments and businesses searching for export diversification and growth,” he said.The report showed that UK exports to the E7 could potentially increase by $16.9 billion to $64.9 billion when the country leaves the EU. “While the EU remains a critical trading partner, UK businesses could capitalize on export opportunities with all E7 countries,” said the report.In terms of total imports from the G7, India is second to China, representing 12 per cent of the total potential E7 imports from the G7. However, in actual performance, India is behind in meeting its predicted imports from every G7 country except Germany, said the report. Related ItemsBrexitExportUnited Kingdomlast_img read more