Ebola Claims Catholic Hospital’s Chief Admin

first_imgThe Daily Observer was told on Saturday, August 2, that the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Chief Administrator, Bro/Dr. Patrick Nshamdze, has died, having contracted the deadly Ebola virus disease at least three weeks ago. He died Friday, August 1; he was 57.There were tears Saturday, August 2, at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Gaye Town when news filtered in that Bro Patrick has succumbed to the virus. He was very attached to the church and its members.Dr. Nshamdze, who preferred to be called “Bro. Patrick”, was from Cameroon and a member of the Catholic Community—Brothers of St. John of God. Bro. Patrick was one of the missionaries assigned at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town. He was one of those very reliable medical practitioners, who kept the hospital intact and running.One Catholic source, who preferred to remain anonymous told the Observer that Bro Patrick had contracted the disease from a pregnant lady, who had been transferred from another health facility to the hospital. According to this source, the lady, who too, has died of the virus, came bleeding and it was Bro. Patrick, who had worked on her.“When Bro. Patrick was told that this lady had died from Ebola, he broke down, because he had had direct contact with her,” our source said.The Observer was told by other high-placed sources within the Catholic Church that the Church had requested his remains to be interred differently so that the Church and his relatives can one day pay homage to him but their plead was not granted as he was “dumped in a mass grave” containing at least 25 other victims, in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.Very nearby the grave in which he and others were “dumped”, lay plywood billboards, indicating all of those buried in that mass grave.News filtered in late last night that Spain, which provides bulk of the hospital’s supports, was making plans to “evacuate” all the remaining missionary sisters and brothers assigned at the hospital.If this happens, it could be a deadly blow to the struggling health sector and nation at-large, grappling with the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. The St. Joseph Catholic Hospital is partially closed at the moment; this would be one last blow to finally close the hospital indefinitely.The Observer was told that the Catholic Church is expected to meet today to discuss these grave matters, including Bro. Patrick’s death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Briefs: Cyclist gets back bronze medal from ’04 Games

first_imgColombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle will get back the bronze medal that had been taken away at the 2004 Athens Games for a failed drug test, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland has ruled. The court said the headache medicine Calle took did not contain banned substances. The IOC had disqualified her for taking heptaminol, a prohibited stimulant, which was found in a urine sample taken after the race. Calle said she took an anti-migraine pill called Neo-Saldina a few hours before the race and blamed that drug, prescribed by a national team doctor, for the heptaminol reading. American cyclist Erin Mirabella, who finished fourth in the race, was moved up to the bronze after Calle was stripped. Mirabella received the medal about a week after returning home from Athens, and said it was still in her possession. COLLEGES: The NCAA has rejected Bradley University’s bid to be taken off a list of colleges whose American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos will be banned in postseason play starting next year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The committee commended Bradley for dropping its American Indian mascot and logos about a decade ago, but it said the school could have sent a clear signal of respect for American Indians by also dropping its nearly 70-year-old nickname, the Braves. Mike Thomas, the athletic director at the University of Akron, has been hired to take over as athletic director at the University of Cincinnati on Dec. 1 when Bob Goin retires after eight years. Thomas will eventually hire a new basketball coach to replace Bob Huggins. BOXING: Thursday’s scheduled card at the Woodland Hills Hilton was canceled when both the main event and lead undercard bout fell apart. The main event was to feature Adam Carrera of Cathedral City in a defense of his North American Boxing Federation super bantamweight belt. But promoter Deborah Sable of Final Round Entertainment said a deal could not be finalized for a suitable opponent. – Robert Morales SOCCER: Sabri Lamouchi and Mamadou Niang scored goals to help visiting Olympique Marseille beat defending UEFA Cup champion CSKA Moscow 2-1, the Russian club’s first loss in 11 games in the competition. center_img BASEBALL: The independent Golden League will put a team in Reno, Nev., next season known as the Silver Sox, the same name as previous minor league teams have had there. GOLF: Hunter Haas shot a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead at the PGA’s Funai Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., while Tiger Woods shot a 68, Vijay Singh a 69 and Retief Goosen a 71. Ernie Els plans to return to competitive play in December, ending a four-month layoff because of a left-knee injury. TENNIS: Amelie Mauresmo, seeded second and ranked No. 4 in the world, lost to qualifier Katarina Srebotnik 6-2, 6-0 in the second round of the Zurich (Switzerland) Open. Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport rallied to beat Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Davenport will move to No. 1 in the rankings next week, up from No. 3. SKIING: World Cup champion Bode Miller, the first U.S. man in 22 years to win the overall title, said he ed retiring. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more