Cameroonians Grateful for Ebola Death Benefit

first_imgFamilies of the late Rev. Father Patrick NSHAMDZE, a Cameroonian who died in Liberia from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) while working at the Catholic-run St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo town, have expressed their gratefulness to the Government of Liberia (GOL) for identifying with their deceased brother and the entire family members.Brother Patrick, as he was affectionately called, was a Medical Doctor and Hospital Director at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital. He was also a Brother of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, which is one of the Catholic orders running the hospital in Liberia. Another Order that manages the hospital is the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God for 23 years, before his passing on August 2, 2014. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, and died few days later.The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God was founded in Spain in the 16th century by John Ciudad, later known as St. John of God. The order cares for the poor, sick, homeless and dying. It operates in more than 50 countries around the world.Bro. Patrick’s family expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Liberian Government, through their embassy near Monrovia. Rev. Father MBINKAR Emmanuel NJODZEKA, brother of the deceased, acknowledged receipt of US$5,000, which was converted in the Cameroonian currency: “On behalf of my Father MBIN KAR RAPHAEL and the family, I write this letter to acknowledge thatI have received a sum of CFA 2,814,396 (Two million, eight hundred and fourteen thousand, three hundred and ninety-six Francs, CFA) from the Government of Liberian through the Cameroonian Ambassador to Liberia, H.E. Beng’yela Augustine GANG.” Rev. Father NJODZEKA indicated that the entire family is thankful to the Liberian Government for what they term as a “wonderful gesture,” and they prayed for the government to continue to multiply efforts to annihilate completely this deadly virus. They also called on the Almighty God to have mercy on those who perished during the crisis.A communication from the Cameroonian Embassy near Monrovia says US$5,000 has been donated to the biological successors of the Late Rev. Brother Patrick NSHAMDZE as a token of appreciation and solidarity to the many humanitarian services rendered for the people of Liberia by the deceased. Amb. Beng’yela A. GANG stated with deep appreciation to the Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs: “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, I am equally pleased to reiterate gratitude for this fraternal gesture. I am aware of and laud your personal favorable impetus as well as that of the Ministerial Team of the Liberian Foreign Ministry in this outcome.”A Foreign Ministry release said the Cameroonian Diplomat also paid special tribute to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose decisive action yielded this fruit. According to the Cameroonian diplomat, this gesture adds to the posthumous medal of recognition which the President bestowed upon the deceased and had forwarded to his family earlier.The Ambassador further noted that the bereaved family of the late Rev. Patrick NSHAMDZE has since acknowledged receipt of the money through their Embassy here. He also stated that the symbolic gesture made by the Liberian Government to the people of Cameroon will go a long way to console the bereaved family following the tragic death of their son and brother, Brother Patrick NSHAMDZE.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SoCal storm snarls traffic but causes little damage

first_img “I was out shoveling sand with the neighbors until about 9 o’clock last night but, really, it seems to be OK this morning,” Silverado Canyon resident Russell Taylor told KTLA-TV early Friday. “Just a drizzly day – just like home in England.” In its wake, the storm left cloudy skies and a decreasing chance of rain. However, more rain could arrive Saturday evening, officials said, and residents of areas burned by fall wildfires were urged to keep an eye on the weather. “They’re not out of the woods,” forecaster Steve Vanderburg said. “Things could change quickly, basically going from clear skies or partly cloudy skies to heavy rain.” Vanderburg said a low-pressure area was moving into Southern California but that it was still too early to predict whether it would bring heavy rain for the weekend. “You’ll see the sun at times but you might see a shower,” he said. “There could be some thunderstorms and stuff, small hail.” Friday’s storm did knock down a number of power lines, leaving more than 11,000 Los Angeles residents without power before dawn, said Kim Hughes, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Wind-blown palm fronds and water-logged tree branches brought down lines in several areas. About 6,000 customers remained without power Friday afternoon, most of them in South Los Angeles and the Cheviot Hills area, Hughes said. The storm also scrambled early morning traffic. In Burbank, firefighters rescued two people whose car went off Interstate 5 shortly after 5 a.m. and overturned in 2 feet of water in the Los Angeles River. The pair were trapped for several minutes but were conscious when rescued, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said. In neighboring Pasadena, a tractor-trailer rig overturned on the Foothill Freeway at around 3 a.m., destroying some 30 feet of freeway soundwall. Several lanes were shut for several hours.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Forecasters said 3 to 6 inches could fall over the weekend. “We’re not expecting huge amounts but every little bit helps, especially here in Southern California,” which has seen drought in recent years, Showalter said. The Pacific Northwest storm dumped its heaviest rain after midnight and then – propelled by strong wings – quickly moved on. Only a half-to-three-quarters-of-an-inch of rain was reported in coastal and valley areas, with as much as 2 inches falling in the mountains, the National Weather Service said. An evacuation order for about 1,000 homes in three Orange County canyons was canceled Friday after the predicted deluge failed to happen. As it turned out, only residents of about 40 homes had followed the order, sheriff’s officials said. Most residents gambled that the hillsides, left blackened and denuded by the recent fires, would hold up. But some did sandbag their driveways and pack their belongings just in case. The mud didn’t come and neither did the snow. A storm front that swept through Southern California early Friday left a few traffic snarls and several thousand people in the dark, but it moved so fast there was little rain to bring the region’s fire-scarred hillsides down in flows of mud and water, as authorities had feared. At the same time, mountain ski resort operators were disappointed by the lack of snow. A few flurries were finally reported Friday afternoon in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. “We didn’t get the big dump that everybody was thinking we were going to have,” said Ken Showalter, snowmaking manager at Mountain High Resort.last_img read more