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COVID 19: Public fend for themselves amid scarcity of information from government

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first_img“Before that, no information. Many residents do not know anything about the coronavirus. Honestly, we are worried now because the patient was our neighbor,” she said.She said she needed detailed information about the virus, especially about the symptoms and what to do not to spread it to others.“We know about how to maintain our hygiene. But we need more information about the symptoms and how it spreads. I’m sure many residents are still in the dark,” she went on.Surakarta administration claims it has disseminated information about the novel coronavirus in public spaces such as markets, shopping centers, bus terminals and stations. Officials say they have reached out to subdistrict and even to neighborhood (RT) units.“We have to move fast so people will know what the coronavirus is,” Siti Wahyuningsih, the head of Surakarta Health Agency said on Sunday.She said the main points of the information included hygiene and good nutrition.Residents should not panic, she said, the coronavirus was the same as other viruses. “The important thing is to maintain immunity, keep up our hygiene and our health standards. We also encourage people not to get close to crowds,” she said.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo said his administration was serious about it and had allocated Rp 2 billion (US$ 131.8 million) for extraordinary measures.North Sulawesi administration has allocated extra funding to handle the coronavirus crisis. The funding will be used to add an isolation room as there are currently only 10 available.Manado Health Agency head Ivan Marthin said it had distributed information in the community.The North Sulawesi provincial capital has reported one COVID-19 case and Lion Air operated flights from the city to Guangzhou in China before the outbreak.Ivan acknowledged the limited information most people had about the coronavirus, but they knew that it could be deadly. “Most people know about the coronavirus from social media, that’s why we give them information about the spread, that it is not airborne,” he said.Latest research has said that the novel coronavirus is mostly likely not airborne, but this is not conclusive.Deisy Makawata, a Manado, North Sulawesi, resident, said she knew only a little about the virus. “I’m kind of in the dark. What I know, for example, is to avoid people who’ve just returned from abroad and that the virus stays on things but not in the air.”The administration in Batam in Riau Islands, which borders Singapore, says it relies on the media to spread information about the novel coronavirus because of budget constraints.Batam Health Agency Didi Kusumajadi told The Jakarta Post on Saturday that it did not have any plan to reach out to local communities.“We don’t have enough budget or manpower to go to neighborhoods. We rely on the media,” he said. But he said he had deployed medical personnel to schools to provide information.“Sometimes we get requests from companies or factories, and we do that,” he went on.He said the administration had sent a circular, telling people not to panic. He admitted that many people knew only a little about the virus.Sigit Pramono, 38, who runs a food stall, said he got information from social media. “I don’t know the symptoms in detail, I know very little,” he said.“What I know is to keep up our hygiene, maintain our immunity and avoid leaving the house if not really necessary,” he said.Sarma Siregar, an employee of a private company, said he did not know how to prevent the spread of the virus.Another resident, Susi Lee, said she had some knowledge about the virus but she learned about it from social media.Last week, the police arrested at least six people for spreading misinformation and fake news about the virus on social media.Agust Hari contributed to this story from Manado, North SulawesiTopics : Despite the country having two months to prepare for the arrival of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Indonesian people say they have limited knowledge about the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, and what little they know they have learned from the media or social media, not from any government institutions.Residents of Surakarta, Central Java, one of the cities reporting confirmed COVID-19 cases, said they began to get more information after Indonesia reported its first confirmed cases on March 2 and before the city reported its first death.Erlangga Bima Sakti, 23, said before the first deaths were reported in the country on March 11, he did not receive much official information about the virus. Earlier, he learned about it from the media, including social media. “There has been limited information about the virus from the government. It began to trickle after someone died,” he said.Another resident, Iwan Adi, 23, also found the information on his own from social media and news portals.“I learned about how it spread, how to prevent it, what the symptoms are, from the media. Before, there was not much from the government,” he said.Astuti Herliani, 45, a neighbor of the deceased victim in Surakarta, said a health official came to the subdistrict office and invited residents on March 14, three days after the COVID-19 patient died in Moewardi General Hospital.last_img read more

Missing school girl found alive after 40 days

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first_img 84 Views   2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Missing school girl found alive after 40 days by: – March 29, 2011 Photo credit: GIS NewsAfter being out of sight for 40 days, Shanice Jemmot, 15, of Layou has been found alive as well as the man she supposedly disappeared with.Police discovered Jemmot and Webster Edmund Monday evening in Clarke Hall, a major breakthrough in the matter which police have been blasted for not doing enough.Police said they knew what they were doing and family members of the Isaiah Thomas secondary school girl were relieved to know she was found living.“I feel happy I jump up in the house, I happy tonight,” Jemmot’s mother Josette Paul told reporters at the princess Margaret hospital where Jemmot had to be examined. She has also been taken to the Psychiatric Unit for evaluation.Dorris Paul, grandmother of Jemmot, said she had given up hope.“First time I get stressed out in my life first time”, the 70 year old said. “I tell people Webster Edmund kill my child and he kill himself,” she told reporters. But said she was extremely excited when she was told her granddaughter had been found.Chief of Police Cyril Carette said police found Jemmot in the school skirt she had been wearing the day she disappeared. Jemmot left home for school 17 February and was only noted missing when she did not return home that Thursday.She turned 15 on 13 March while still missing. “I’m really excited about it,” said Police Public Relations Officer Claude Weekes, Tuesday morning in response to Jemmot’s return. Both Edmund and Jemmot had been taken to the Criminal Investigation Department CID after they were found.Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

Wellington Heat are now 6-2 and 2-0 in Jayhawk League; return home tonight to battle BeeJays

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UL Graduate School Kick against EVD Spread in GCMC

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first_imgThe leadership of the University of Liberia (UL) graduate school comprising,  the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and those from the Masters of Public Administration (MPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, over the weekend led a team of ‘fighters’ whose concerted efforts are aimed at kicking the Ebola virus disease (EVD) completely out of Grand Cape Mount County (GCMC) and the rest of Liberia.Communities the UL graduate school leadership toured are in Kenema, Tewor District in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia where they also distributed anti-Ebola materials, such as hand-sensitizers, buckets for regular hand washing and nutritional food for those previously afflicted by the disease and other members of the district.The leadership, which was headed by its president Varney Fahnbulleh, and assisted by the vice president, Alomeza Ennos, and the secretary-general, G. Sylvester Nunner, also created awareness in those communities aimed at avoiding the further spread of the deadly virus.Items distributed worth over US$5000, the president confirmed when he spoke exclusively to the Daily Observer shortly after they returned from the Cape Mount tour.Apart from materials distributed and awareness, the UL graduate leadership also educated the inhabitants about safe-burial methods in the wake of the outbreak and informed the communities of how to do proper contact tracing of suspected persons carrying the Ebola virus.According to Mr. Fahnbulleh, the exercise is aimed at putting an end to any new outbreak in any part of the country, “because, we intend to carry out similar awareness and distribution in Buchanan, Grand Bassa and River Cess Counties in the coming weeks.”Meanwhile, the Kennema Town Chief, Sensee Freeman, alolng with a team of elders, commended the UL graduate school leadership for the thinking about their district in this critical time of country’s health situation.He then promised to take advantage of the awareness messages and as well distribute items they received to the most ‘vulnerable’ family members in the district.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more