AU to Deploys 200 Health Workers in Ebola Affeted Countries

first_imgThe African Union (AU) is expected to deployed 200 health workers and other professionals,including nurses and doctors to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to help combat the deadly Ebola virus in the sub-region.Africa Union’s Special Representative to Liberia, Amb. Toyin Solaja,said the deployment is a part of a joint AU-led military and civilian humanitarian mission code named African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA).He puts the cost of the operation to more than 25 million United States Dollars. The Ambassador said a total of two hundred (200) professionals are expected to be deployed in the three countries.According to Amb.Solaja, additional professionals from across the continent are undergoing training in the Ugandan Capital, Kampala, to form part of the operation which aim is to ensure that Ebola is put under control.The AU Special Representative disclosed that the African Union Commission has chosen Liberia to serve as the Command Center for its mission in the three countries.Also speaking, Maj. Gen. Dr. Julius F. Okatta, head of theAU’s ASEOWA mission, said the mission will support medical, logistics, humanitarian and communications needs of the three countries.In addition to logistics, Maj. Gen. Dr. Okattasaid the African Union is sending Mobile Message Communication Equipment to enhance public awareness and sensitization efforts. He said six psychosocial professionals will also be assigned to provide psychosocial support.A release said the AU officials made the disclosure Tuesday, when a high-power African Union delegation visited Internal Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly at his Capitol Hill office.Responding, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly,on behalf of President Ellen Johnson,lauded the African Union for the strong support and leadership; noting, that the pronouncement brings relief to Liberia.Minister Dukuly described the AU’soperation as a Pan-African effort to assist the three countries that are battling the outbreak ofEbola in the west African region.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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RollsRoyce we fell short in the Qantas A380 incident

first_imgAlthough Rolls-Royce admits it “clearly fell short” in the Qantas A380 incident two years ago, it has learned and applied the lessons learned to prevent a similar type of event from occurring in the future.As the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ASTB) unveiled its final report into the failure of a Trent 900 engine on board a Qantas flight flying on the 4 November 2010, Rolls-Royce director engineering and technology Colin Smith said the company holds “much regret” over the “serious and rare event” and ensured the company was continually striving towards meetings “high standards of safety, quality and reliability”.Revealed today, the Bureau’s report highlighted that the No,2 engine on the Qantas A380 flying over Batam Island, Indonesia en route Singapore to Sydney, failed shortly after takeoff from Changi Airport.The engine failed as a result of an incorrectly manufactured oil feed stub pipe, which resulted in fatigue cracking of the pipe and sent oil into the engine during the flight, causing an internal fire.This fire then led to one of the engine’s turbine discs fracturing and then rapidly over speeding before it burst, broke free of the engine casing, and impacted the A380’s airframe, according to the report.Despite damage to the aircraft and the engine, the plane’s pilot managed to safely return and land the aircraft at Changi Airport without any major injuries to staff and passengers.As part of the report and its own findings, Rolls-Royce has made modifications to the engine software to prevent a turbine disc from bursting as a result of over-speeding, introduced better quality assurance processes with supporting training and improved manufacturing and design procedures.Source = ETB News: N.J.last_img read more

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