U.S. Builds 3rd Ebola Treatment Center in Bassa

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, the United States Government, through the U. S. Army Engineers, has completed its third Ebola Treatment Unit in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Speaking at the tour of the new facility last Friday, Major General Gary Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, explained that, this is the first Ebola treatment unit built completely by the U.S. Army Engineers to help in caring for Ebola patients.Maj. Gen. Volesky explained that the facility has the capacity of 100 beds.  The construction lasted 23 days with the materials being procured both locally and abroad.He expressed gratitude to the Own Your Own community for their collaboration with the U.S. Army and support in the construction of the Ebola treatment unit.According to Maj. Gen. Volesky, “Three of the Ebola treatment units have been completed, including Bomi, Tubmanburg city, Sinje in  Grand Cape Mount, and this one in Buchanan,  Grand Bassa.  A total of 17 Ebola units are expected to be built across Liberia.”Also speaking, the Head of Ebola Disaster Assistant Response Team (DART) from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mia Beers, said they are currently working to ensure the first 15 Ebola treatment units are built across Liberia. She explained that due to the nature of the epidemic in Liberia, the U.S. Government is focusing on building the first 15 units but will make sure that ETUs are in all of the counties to support the fight against Ebola.“We want to make sure that these Ebola treatment units are built in the 15 counties to help access rural areas and make sure that we follow  the transmission of the outbreak in all parts of Liberia and be able to fight it.”Ms. Beers said they are working with the Government of Liberia,  especially with the new strategies of fighting Ebola with emphasis on rural areas on how to put in place mechanisms to  contain the virus.She further explained that the most important thing is to have a rapid team out there working with county officials to ensure that every county can respond as quickly as possible to any outbreak in the area.She continued, “We have different ETU plans in the Southeast, including Fish Town, Greenville, River Cess, most importantly to look at health strategizes in the various counties in the fight against Ebola.  Rapid teams can really help us in the process. We are chasing after the suspected cases also in the southeastern areas, because they are hard to reach. “We are getting the rapid team setups from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the various county officials, and other partners as well as air transport to handle these cases.”The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brig/Gen Daniel Ziankahn, said they are working in collaboration with the U.S. Army in supporting the fight against the Ebola virus, including the construction of Ebola Treatment Units across Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Home growth robust in ’05

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The slowdown in November will give builders an opportunity to clear out standing inventory,” he said. Multifamily starts jumped 34.1 percent from October to 4,616 permits, but activity was off 36.1 percent from a year ago. The report also showed that: In the Los Angeles/Long Beach area, builders were issued 851 single-family permits, down 19.2 percent from a year ago and up 3.3 percent from October. Permits were issued for 1,471 multifamily units, down 25.7 percent from a year ago and up 35.1 percent from October. For the year’s first 11 months, 23,510 residential permits have been issued, 1.4 percent fewer than a year ago. New home construction activity in California during November nearly matched its 2004 level, and while it took a big drop from October, this year should end up just as robust as the last, an industry tracker said Tuesday. Sinking affordability, rising construction materials costs and workers being drawn to the Gulf Coast resurrection effort could impact the state’s home-building sector next year. Last month, builders pulled 14,021 permits for houses and apartment and condominium units, 23.6 percent fewer than a year ago and 5.3 percent under October’s level, said the Sacramento-based California Building Industry Association. In November, builders were issued 9,405 permits for single-family homes, down 18 percent from last year and down 17.2 percent from last month. Nevin notes that in the year’s first 11 months, permits were issued for 145,119 single-family houses, about 5,000 more than a year ago. The Inland Empire continues to be the state’s strongest home-building area. So far this year, there have been 47,308 housing permits issued in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, down an annual 2.2 percent. Robert Rivinius, the association’s president and chief executive officer, said that while production has been strong over the past several years, it hasn’t caught up with demand. And he’s concerned that low affordability rates in most communities will further limit new construction. Rivinius said it is time for the Legislature and local agencies to come up with plans to reduce fees. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., agrees. Builders in the Inland Empire face “onerous” fees, he said, and those in some of the outlying areas of the county sometimes are confronted by anti-development groups. “You are at the point where affordability is a problem,” Kyser said. “We’ve had enough conferences. It’s time to get down to the business of solving it.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more