Mosquito Infestation Bugs Monrovia’s Slum Dwellers

first_imgOne of several 2014 health survey reports obtained by the Daily Observer indicates that the huge swarms of mosquitos infesting their communities continue to vex Monrovia’s slum dwellers.The survey report also revealed that the health perils for these poverty-stricken slum dwellers are owing to the huge breeding spots of mosquitoes in their communities.The health survey carried out by UN aid agencies and private Liberian health institutions further indicated that the slum settlements of Monrovia continue to be messed up by decades-old clogged drainages that are havens for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.Despite the increasing outcries over the years by Monrovia slum residents, successive administrations continue to ignore their concerns and appeals for measures to eradicate the breeding places of the mosquitos.Incidentally, some of the slum settlements are situated at the very foot of Liberia’s Executive Mansion in the heart of the nation’s capital, Monrovia.According to some of the slum dwellers contacted during the weekend, sometimes their sentiments and protests are not only ignored but on many occasions crushed by powerful voices and invisible hands.The slum dwellers further pointed out that construction of health and medical facilities in their communities are good initiatives, bringing relief to their door steps.But they indicated that if the critical issues of fixing clogged drains and removal of dumpsites and stagnant water cannot be prioritized, construction of health facilities would only amount to cosmetic solutions to the problem.Apart from the mosquito-breeding spots, some of the unwanted visitors infesting their neighborhoods include cockroaches, rats, scorpions and sometimes snakes and air and water borne diseases.On top of those menaces are the inadequate medical facilities that cannot cope with the enormous population of the three slum communities in Monrovia.In West Point, the largest of the three, Mr. Philip B. Wleh, 66, a fisherman said that for many years, persistent appeals have led authorities to address some of the numerous challenges.But, fisherman Wleh noted, most of their appeals have only fallen on deaf ears and conditions in West Point continue to degenerate.“It is our fervent prayer that one day the good Lord will speak to conscious-minded Liberians who will come to our rescue in this unbearable and poverty stricken community in Monrovia,” fisherman Wleh concluded.For slum dweller Martha B. Beyan, 68, of Buzzy Quarters at the foot of Liberia’s Executive Mansion, their cries go out repeatedly, year after year, and nothing has been done.Madam Beyan, a fishing basket maker, told the Daily Observer that she simply cannot understand why the authorities have chosen totally to ignore their cries.“Maybe one day we need to take to the streets like political parties or civil society groups before we can be rescued from these poverty-stricken conditions in which we live, right before the authorities’ eyes,” Madam Beyan concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Coach keeps Argentina guessing about Messi’s future

first_img0Shares0000Press rumours claim Lionel Messi has asked to be excused from Argentina’s friendlies in 2018 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Aug 21 – Argentina’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni refused to be drawn on Lionel Messi’s international future after leaving the five-time World Player of the Year out of his squad for upcoming friendlies next month.Local media had claimed the Barcelona star asked to be excused from international duty for Argentina’s four remaining friendlies in 2018, starting with a trip to the United States in September to play Guatemala and Colombia. “I’ve spoken with Messi and from that conversation I picked my squad,” said Scaloni, who took over from the sacked Jorge Sampaoli after Argentina’s underwhelming World Cup last-16 elimination to eventual champions France.“We didn’t speak about what could happen in the future. We know what Messi represents for us and we’ll see for the future.”Messi, 31, has retired from international duty once before after missing a penalty in Argentina’s shoot-out defeat by Chile, for the second year running, in the 2016 Copa America final.That lasted little more than a month, though, before Messi returned to the blue and white shirt for Argentina’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.As it turned out, the twice former world champions were on the brink of elimination until a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier earned a 3-1 come-from-behind victory away to Ecuador and a place at the global showpiece in Russia.He failed to dazzle there, though, and hasn’t spoken publically since the South Americans beat Nigeria in the group stage to earn a spot in the knock-out rounds.Messi wasn’t the only Argentine star to be left off Scaloni’s list as Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, new AC Milan signing Gonzalo Higuain and Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria were also missing.“No player has told me he doesn’t want to be picked,” said Scaloni.“It’s clear that we must include new people in this adventure. I’ve spoken to most players and they’re available.“It’s the time to freshen things up. We’re convinced it’s the right time to call up these lads, they have huge potential.”In form domestic-based pair Cristian Pavon of Boca Juniors and Matias Vargas of Velez Sarsfield were called up alongside young Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and his recalled club team-mate Mauro Icardi.Argentina play Guatemala on September 7 in Los Angeles before taking on Colombia in New York four days later.They will play two more friendlies in October and November against as yet unnamed opponents.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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