The doctors posed shortly after the farewell ceremonyAn International humanitarian organization known as “Hernia International” in collaboration with the E&J Medical Center in Ganta, Nimba County, has completed another phase of “free surgical service” on patients with hernia-related diseases.The medical team of doctors from Spain was headed by Dr. Ceasar Rimarer. They performed 208 surgeries on those with hernia-related cases from April 20 – 29, 2018.Children who were diagnosed of hydrocele and women with umbilical hernia were among patients that benefited from the operation. A hydrocele is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle. It is common in newborns and usually disappears without treatment by age 1, a medical research has shown. The operation brought relief to hundreds of underprivileged people, who have been suffering from the disease without any hope of treatment due to lack of money for many years.“I thank these doctors and E&J family for providing the free service for us,” said one Evelyn, a mother of a 7-year-old boy who benefited from the exercise.In November 2017, a team of doctors from Slovenia, representing Hernia International, also conducted “free surgical operation” for people with the disease at the same venue.Some of beneficiaries waiting in OPDThe team’s visit marked the fourth since the E&J Medical Center, in collaboration with Hernia International, began the free medical operation.Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital Representative Jeremiah Koung has also thanked the Spanish team for the operation, adding, “nobody can pay for what you have done.”The hospital’s administrator Victor Kpaiseh gave one of the Spanish doctors a traditional name, “Luah,” which in the Dan language means blessing. The name “Luah” derived from the way the doctor was directing members of the team to remain focus as they performed each of the hernia cases.Kpaiseh then called on members of the team to always remember the hospital and consider it as their own.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two Early Childhood Development Centres in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are to be commissioned this month. The facilities are stationed at Suddie and Dartmouth.This was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) and the office of Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Unit (PAYEU). The contract was awarded to Builder’s Hardware and GeneralRegional Executive Officer (REO), Rupert HopkinsonSupplies at a cost of $32,655,130 and was part of several projects signed under the seventh BNTF programme.Regional Executive Officer (REO), Rupert Hopkinson said the centres are “a wonderful initiative that will not only help with the development of the children as they aim to meet their full potential but the development of the country.” According to the REO, these centres will provide training for unemployed and underemployed youths in the region.Hopkinson disclosed that Finance Minister Winston Jordan; junior Minister Jaipaul Sharma; Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton; and Chairman of BNTF oversight entity, Bernard Lord; among other Government officials will be attending the official commissioning ceremony of the centres at Dartmouth.Last year, the Ministry of the Presidency through the Office of the First Lady, and the Ministry of Social Protection facilitated an early childhood development workshop for 38 women. The aim was to provide the stakeholders with basic information and skills in early childhood development and nurturing care practices for the growth and development of young children.
WHITTIER – Isabelle E. Gonthier, two-time president of the Rio Hondo College Board and a major force in establishing the first campus child-care center for student-mothers, died Monday at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana after a brief illness. She was 79. Gonthier served 12 years on the college board, from 1981 to 1993. Gonthier was born July 4, 1927 in Ontario, but raised as a beach girl in Venice where she attended Venice High School. On weekends, she and her friends spent a lot of time diving for coins thrown into the water off of the Venice pier. She quit high school in her senior year to marry Jim Brown, a sailor. The young couple became parents of four sons, Richard, Fred, John and Chuck. In the mid-1950s, the family moved to Seattle, where her husband worked on projects for the 1962 World’s Fair. When the fair opened, the family returned to Whittier, where Brown opened a welding business that became quite successful. Isabelle concentrated on raising her sons. She was active in the PTA at Loma Vista, Carmela and Sierra High School and supported her children’s sports and student theater activities. When son Fred graduated and joined the Air Force, like his older brother Richard, Isabelle went back to work at the local Teen Post program serving South Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. At that time, she also obtained her GED and enrolled at Rio Hondo College. After receiving her associate’s degree, she became a counselor for the state’s Department of Rehabilitation in Whittier. She quickly became a strong advocate for disabled people. She worked with the city of Santa Fe Springs to organize an award-winning state conference on helping people with disabilities. She was then promoted to assistant to the state director for the Department of Rehabilitation, serving in that capacity until the director retired. Shortly after that, her husband died. Gonthier returned to her state job in Whittier and also won election to the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. When her time on the board was up, Gonthier would recall that one of her proudest accomplishments on the board was the building of an on-campus child care center for young mothers attending college. Manuel Baca, current interim Rio Hondo president, was vice president of the college’s student services during Gonthier’s tenure. “We run a very nice day care facility here now, in large part due to Isabelle Gonthier’s persistence,” Baca said. At the urging of her friend, the late Gus Carras, Gonthier transferred to the state’s Department of Labor, where she served as deputy labor commissioner until she retired. In retirement she managed real estate investments, became a certified hospice care volunteer and enjoyed her 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is survived by her brother, Bob Tucker of Maryland; four sons, Richard, a retired trucker in Texas, Fred, a retired teacher in Georgia, John, executive director of Family Services of Desert Living in Desert Hot Springs, and Chuck, self- employed in Desert Hot Springs; and her grandchildren. There will be a public viewing from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills, followed immediately by a graveside service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!