first_imgThe Daily Observer has learnt that Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation’s (LWSC) Managing Director, Charles B. Allen, and his Technical Supervisor, Frankie Cassell, have been dismissed from their respective positions with immediate effect. According to LWSC’s Public Relations officer, Wilmot Dweh, the Corporation’s Board of Directors headed by Kimmie Weeks has already approved of the two dismissals and at the same time are investigating reports of financial impropriety at the LWSC. Mr. Dweh would not elaborate. The Daily Observer is yet to obtain further details of Messrs Allen and Cassell’s dismissals, but recently Mr. Allen told reporters that the corporation was unable to establish how much work would be required by LWSC to restore water supply to affected areas in Johnsonville.Mr. Allen said that since the situation was reported to his office, the management had not been able to pump pipe borne water into Monrovia.He said the corporation has contacted the World Bank for financial support to construct water reservoirs in Monrovia.Mr. Allen said had that project been implemented sooner, the breakdown would not have caused such a significant effect.Meanwhile, despite assurances that the LWSC would repair the damaged facility on Pipeline Road in about two weeks’ time, the situation worsened with the water pouring from the broken pipe creating a huge crater (hole) which has become a serious hazard to vehicles and commuters. The situation, according to our reporter who toured the area over the weekend, has caused the few vehicles using the route to divert due to the deplorable road condition, now exacerbated (made worse) by the breakdown of the Pipeline Road waterline. Residents there and those in central Monrovia that depend on pipe borne water from the area have gone for days without receiving safe drinking water. Community residents and some customers of the LWSC have expressed concern about the delay in the completion of the repair work. Some of them told the Daily Observer that the project had been abandoned by the LWSC Management “because the road condition has remained a death trap for over two weeks.” A fortnight ago, LWSC Management admitted to a major breakdown of its water supply line in Johnsonville, which they said occurred as a result of the deplorable road condition. Up to press time last night, engineers from the water agency were yet to detect the extent of the damage as they were seen during odd hours on Saturday night apparently trying to restore the damaged facility, but to no avail. According to the residents, including a leader, Mr. T. Emmanuel Cole, they could not comprehend why the project is not treated as a priority by the LWSC management. But the LWSC said the damage is so severe that it has now cut off the water supply line to greater Monrovia, which has impeded the free movement of residents in the area. As an emergency plan to address the current shortage of water, the LWSC management said in a recent interview with this newspaper that it had commenced trucking water into greater Monrovia. LWSC also acknowledged that as a result of the breakdown, many businesses have been affected.The Daily Observer reporter who visited the affected area on Saturday and yesterday afternoon saw a crew of boys, who claimed to be engineers, doing the “repair work.” They told the Daily Observer reporter, who wanted to interview them, to be grateful to God that motorbikes were transporting residents of the area and that they were also there at least to restore the damaged facility.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgHours after the tragic death of her newborn, a mother of five succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Friday.Karen Shondell Reid and her dead babyThe child was reportedly delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital on Thursday but the mother had to be transferred to the GPHC due to complications.The dead woman has been identified as Karen Shondell Reid, 40, of Lot 42 Sheet Anchor East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).According to the now dead woman’s 14-year-old daughter, her mother claimed that she was prevented from eating and was only given water and cream soda on Thursday.“She said she was hungry and they gave her three tablets and she showed me them and say that the nurse told her that she has to drink the three Cytotec tablets. She said that the doctor and that they have to give her more tablets” the teenager stated.According to Tracy Limpkin, a cousin, they were told by doctors that the pill Reid was allegedly given is used to induce labour but because of the quantity she was given, it caused an adverse reaction.“It dislocates the placenta and the placenta started to move and that is why she went into shock. The doctor said she was actually brain-dead because her organs started to shut down. He said they gave her blood and the blood started coming out back because it was not clotting because the body was not working well.”<<>>There are reports that Reid had a fall and was taken into emergency surgery. On Thursday, however, doctors performed a caesarean section to deliver the baby.The woman’s sister, Vanessa Sampson, claimed that on Thursday she received an urgent message to report to the hospital. As she arrived, she was met by four doctors who informed her that her sister had a seizure and was rushed to the operating theatre.“They say when they open her there was a big clot and the baby died in her and they will have to take her to Georgetown Hospital because they had to remove her womb because it was separated from somewhere…”She said even though the doctors told her that the baby was already dead, other sources confirmed that the baby, Alegdeo Junior Ofield, lived for about one hour after delivery.“A baby doesn’t be delivered dead and they go and bathe the baby and dress it with clothes and have a sheet around it. If a baby born dead they leave it just so,” she said.Meanwhile, Reid was eventually transferred to the Georgetown Hospital on Friday evening.Another sister of the now dead woman reportedly accompanied her to Georgetown. She explained that during the trip, Reid was seemly in pain but before they arrived at the hospital she had stopped responding.At the hospital, a doctor allegedly told relatives that they received the patient brain-dead and she did not respond to treatment.Carlita Matthews, another sister, told Guyana Times that when she reached the hospital, Reid had no pulse and her blood count was low.“When she arrived at the Georgetown Hospital, she was taken into surgery to remove fluid from the body and to implant packs because doctors could not identify where the blood was coming from…all the blood that they give to her, she just keeps bleeding out.”The relatives were further told that Reid suffered three heart attacks but it was the third that took her life.The family is calling for a thorough investigation into what transpired at the New Amsterdam Hospital with respect to the medication that was administered to Reid.The woman leaves to mourn four children.last_img read more