WESTERN BUREAU:Head of the Western Confederation Referee Group, Nakassa Martin, has expressed shock and outrage at the callous reaction by the response of some supporters to the unfortunate injury suffered by referee Raymond Bogle, during Thursday’s Red Stripe Premier League football match between Montego Bay United and Waterhouse.Bogle collapsed in an accidental collision with Waterhouse midfielder Evan Taylor in the second half of their pulsating match at Wespow Park.The FIFA referee, who lost consciousness momentarily, had to be rushed by ambulance to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where it was revealed he had sustained a broken rib.The match, which ended in a 3-1 victory for MoBay United, was completed by fourth official Danion Parchment, who took over duties in the middle.Bogle’s injury has thrown the role of match officials into the spotlight, as according to Martin, constant and often unwarranted verbal abuse, while commonplace in the sport, must not be confused for partisan support of any team.”There a plenty hazards out there on the field for referees. He is the most hated man at a football game, even though his job is perhaps the most significant,” noted Martin.”As a referee, charged with being fair, holding no personal bias one way or the other in the officiating of whichever match he or she is assigned to, we work under very stressful and oftentimes violent conditions,” added Martin.Injuries to referees while conducting their assignment, he said, does happen, but reasoned that the way it is treated cannot be ignored.The reluctance of the Wespow management to have the waiting ambulance traverse a section of the playing surface, while being standard, cannot be at the expense of a life, argued Martin.”A life, any life, is far more important than anything else. Bogle could have died right. I gather he lost consciousness for a while and had to be rushed across the expanse of the field. I think sometimes we could be a little more caring,” reasoned Martin.Moments before the incident, Bogle was bundled over when a clearance out of defence by an MBU defender struck him. That brought some laughter from spectators, but the more severe injury he suffered did not change their outlook.”It goes to show how little regard referees do get while on the job. We are not expecting an easy ride, but respect and knowledge of the game on the supporters’ part must be addressed. Referees are humans too,” declared Martin.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has sent to the Senate for enactment, an Act to amend Chapter 65 and 66 of Title 33 of Public Health Law to grant autonomy to the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery.In a communication dated July 8, 2014 and addressed to the Senate, President Sirleaf noted that “as the name of the instrument suggests, the draft Act amends the Public Health Law and makes the Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery an autonomous agency with the exclusive power to regulate nursing and midwifery practice in Liberia.”According to President Sirleaf’s communication, when the Act is established, the board will have the authority among other things; to create regulations, policies and punishments for the practice of nursing and midwifery; to enter into contract to afford the performance in acting this law in borrowing money in line with the Public Financial Management Act; register all person engaged in or desirous to engage in the practice of nursing and midwifery.The President said the Act will further design and harmonize the curriculum of the midwifery institution in the country, and establish the necessary professional standards to regulate the midwifery and nursing section.The President’s proposed amended Act wants the board to comprise of not less than 13 and not more than 17 members who shall be appointed based on a recommendation of the Professional Nursing and Midwifery Institutions; and all its members, except an ex-officio, legal adviser, shall have nursing and midwifery-related experience.She said the Act is in continuation of reform in the health sector of the country.The Act, which is sponsored in the Senate by the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Senator Peter Coleman and Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, and was sent to the committees on Health and Welfare, and Judiciary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)