MOH Receives 15 Ambulances from World Bank To Fight COVID -19

 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has, once again, received another donation of fifteen (15) new hard top Land Cruisers ambulances from the World Bank to ensure the safe transfer of patients to health facilities across the Country. 

The donation was made on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the Ministry’s office in Congo Town. The 15 ambulances are great milestones for the ministry and government. 

In a brief statement, the energetic Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, lavished praises on the World Bank for continuously contributing to the Country’s health sector: “On behalf of my Boss, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, MOH, IMS and all those who have been participating in the COIVD-19 response, I want to say thank for this donation. These ambulances were purchased under the COVID-19 response to be used by MOH, not only to transport COVID-19 patients but, to enable us strengthen routine care for our people. We want to thank the world Bank and our local team for all the work that they did collaboratively to have made these ambulances reached. I want to thank UNOPS for the delivery and even taking on the responsibility to procure these ambulances under the World Bank project. I want to turn these keys over to the administration, which will later be turned over to the Transport Department We are going to monitor all of these ambulances and make sure they are all use for the intended. Your contribution to this Government is something that cannot be overemphasized. We are proud of this donation, and we will ensure that these items reach their intended beneficiaries.   

Dr. Jallah said the distribution of the donation made is expected to commence within the soonest possible time. “We will soon start the distribution of these ambulances to our needed counties once all modalities are worked out,” she informed.

The Minister used the occasion to call on Liberians to continuously follow all health protocols prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and health authorities in the country for their safety, saying “We should not forget that the virus in the Country. Please let’s continuously follow all of the health measures prescribed by WHO and health authorities in the country to avoid further spread of the virus. Thanks for all the work that you do for us intense of keeping us strict as we all embark on keeping Liberia save.”.

Meanwhile, the Project Manager of World Bank to Liberia, Mr. Mathew Flomo, disclosed that the donation is in fulfillment of a promise made to the Ministry in early August this year to procure 15 additional vehicles (ambulances) to heighten the Country’s fight against the pandemic, which according to him is World Bank’s goal to curtail further spread of the deadly pandemic. 

“Madam Minister, this donation is in fulfillment of a promise made by the World Bank to beef up the Ministry’s fight against the virus. Therefore, I am pleased to turn over these vehicles to the government through your Ministry to enhance the fight against the virus. We hope that together we can end this global health crisis,” 

However, after the novel coronavirus pandemic first case in Liberia was reported on March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Health and the Government of Liberia obtained funds from the World Bank to support Liberia’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Project. 

The project intends to support the MOH with essential equipment including vehicles (ambulances) that are required for use by the Ministry and other frontline agencies involved in the response. 

The 15 ambulances were strategically and durably procured by UNOPS through the World Bank. 

This donation is aimed at equipping the Ministry with the needed logistics to effectively follow the outbreak of COVID-19 promptly.

Since the outbreak of the virus in the country, this is the third time the World Bank has made such a huge donation to the Country through the Ministry. In July and August this year, the Financial body donated 20 ventilators (in addition to the 4 ventilators government had in Country) and 10 hardtop ambulances to boost Liberia’s preparedness in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. As it stands, the World Bank has donated 25 ambulances donated in total.

Signed: ____________________________

      Felecia Gbesioh

      Director of Communication, MOH 

 

Health Ministry Receives Huge Medical Consignment from Orange-Liberia to Boost COVID-19 Fight

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has received a donation of huge medical consignments and other accessories from Orange Liberia to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The items which include hand gloves, PPEs, face shield, and nose masks coupled with some essential medical supplies were presented on Monday, September 28, 2020, at the Health Ministry

Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, receiving the items on behalf of the government and her Ministry said, the donation will help boost the country’s fight against this deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

“These donation came at the appropriate time when we are in the middle of the fight. As we are into the COVID-19 major fight, these materials will help in the combat against the deadly virus. These supplies will also be used during the treatment of other diseases, even if COVID is eradicated from the Country”, Dr. Jallah indicated.

The energetic Minister, on behalf of President George Manneh Weah and the government, used the occasion to thank Orange-Liberia for its continuous commitment to reaching out to the Ministry in these critical times.

“on behalf our President Dr. George Manneh Weah, who is leading in this COVID fight—because of his leadership we are here today—and the entire IMS team: the NPHIL, Ministry of health, partners and all of the health care workers around the country who have been participating in the fight against COVID, we want to say a big thank to orange Liberia for these donation.  We are going to follow up to ensure that these donation reach the beneficiaries”, she assured. Presenting the donation to the Ministry was Sara Elizabeth Buchanan, Director of CSP and Internet Communication at Orange-Liberia. She said since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Mobile Company stepped up to respond to the fight against the virus in the Country, naming the 14 Military Hospital, JFK and the Redemption Hospital as beneficiaries to their goodwill.

“As you may be aware, this is not the first time to have orange Liberia come with such donation. when the 14 Military hospital was firstly setup, we were one of the first to show our partnership with the Ministry of health and the republic of Liberia, telling the Country that we are here for the Liberian people, and we are here to help with what our people need during this curious period”,

The approximately 60,000 euros’ worth of medical supplies she said, was made available by orange Liberia in association with orange foundation.

Earlier, Minister Norwu Howard, Deputy Minister for Administration, stated that the supplies will prevent healthcare workers from contracting infection and other diseases.

“The world in which we live today is such that if we don’t prevent ourselves from infection, it would be unhealthy for us. So as health technicians and clinicians we need to follow the use of universal precautionary measure in our everyday life. “This donation will enable our precious health care workers out there to keep safe from contracting any infectious diseases. And this will also make them brave in performing their respective duty, as they continue to collect simples until we can be we can be able to reach the point where Liberia can be declared COVID-19 free,” DMA Howard said.

Pharmacists Celebrate World Pharmacists Day

Pharmacists across the country converged at the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday, September 25, 2020, to Joined ranks with millions of pharmacists globally to celebrate World Pharmacists Day, this year themed “Transforming Global.”

The annual day is used to highlight the value of the pharmacy profession to stakeholders and to celebrate pharmacy globally. It was originally adopted in 2009 at the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Every year on September 25th, pharmacists around the globe celebrate World Pharmacists Day. This day focuses on the role pharmacists play in improving health on a global scale.

Speaking during the celebration, Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah narrated that immediately when she ascended at the helm of the Ministry, the Pharmaceutical Department was firstly engaged by her team in order to improve the sector, something she had envisaged in the private sector.

“We firstly invited the Department’s heads to a meeting to keep the system workable, because providing accessible and quality health delivery is something we had envisioned while in the private sector. Thereafter, we also engaged all of our pharmacists across the Country. This strategy was intended to bring all of our professional pharmacists together, so we can collectively work in unison, resulting to this mammoth gathering of pharmacists who travelled from all works of live to congregate here today.

“I believe they are very importance in our society: pharmacists use their broad knowledge and unique expertise to ensure that people get the best from their medicines. We ensure access to medicines and their appropriate use, improve adherence, coordinate care transitions and so much more,” she told the gathering

Meanwhile, Dr. Jallah believes pharmacists working and holding together is the best solution to eradicating the selling of drugs in street corners in the country, emphasizing “We can do a lot of things if we can work and hold together as a team. People go to a pharmacy and get anything they want of their choice which is bad for our society. All of these things are causing problems for us. However, drugs that are sole in buckets have gone partially, but yet some are still around.”

Lamenting on the ongoing saga with health workers’ refusal to return to work due to salary increment and ambiguous demands, the energetic Minister said the Ministry is still concerned but negotiation and dialogue are the best solutions to addressing their plights.

“People just think we are not concerned about the health care workers’ demands; we are concerned. what I think happening here is we cannot just address all of the issues as once. They (health Workers) are important to us because when you are sick it is their responsibility to take care of you.

“Remember, sickness has no border. Therefore, dialoguing and negotiating with them will give us all a long way. We are here to take care of the people.  This is a responsibility that has been given to us,” she noted

Meanwhile, on behalf of the Government of H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah and the great people of Liberia she extended unflinching thanks and appreciation to the Pharmaceutical Association of Liberia (PAL) as well as partners for always working with the Ministry. Minister Jallah at the same time encouraged the Association to continue on its good footing for the betterment of the Country’s health Sector.

Earlier was the Keynote Speaker of the day Dr. Clement Lugala, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Liberia, who believes the role of Pharmacists in the health sector is beyond the product-oriented fashion of medicines and distribution. According to the WHO’s Representative, Pharmacists should seek the interest of their patients and at the same time, build a workable relationship with them in order to meet their professional goals.

“The role of Pharmacists is transforming beyond the product-oriented fashion of medicine and distributing drugs. We must build a relationship with patients; we must listen to them; it is the services we provide to the patients. However, when it comes to pharmacists, you probably think of the person behind the counter that fills your prescription. These pharmacists work long hours, usually standing the entire time. Along with dispensing pills and providing advice on medications, pharmacists also administer immunizations. Pharmacists who conduct research discover and test new medications.

“No matter what capacity pharmacists work in; they are considered medicine experts. These experts have considerable responsibility in health care. It’s up to them to ensure that medicine is effective and safe. Besides knowing about each type of medication, they must know about the different forms it comes in. There are liquids, tablets, capsules, topical medicines, drops, inhalers, and injections. They must also know how different medications react with one another. No wonder it takes eight years of college to become a pharmacist!” he indicated.

However, he used the occasion to call on health practitioners and scientists to embark on manufacturing medication so as to curtail the imputation of drugs on the African continent: “Africa is spending a lot on drugs imputation instead of manufacturing. We have the capacity here. The opportunity of the African Medicine Agency can be a game-changer if we stand up.”

Notwithstanding, Dr. Lugala said transforming the global health agenda will not be achieved fully “if we cannot define the role of the pharmacists, so pharmacists can contribute to key global health areas across different levels; and they must be enabled to serve in these capacities. They need to be facilitated if our pharmacists are to play a role in ECOWAS”.

According to him, Pharmacists can help to reduce the health disparity and achieve health for all if the needed opportunity is given: “if the need opportunity is given to our pharmacists, they will help to reduce the health disparity and achieve health for all…because they are there wherever we talk about access to drugs—even in our own planning and development agenda.”

He proposed for the Pharmaceutical workforce to be “fundamental in our Country, including Liberia can achieve universal health coverage, health security, and the sustainable development goal by 2030.”

Finally, Dr. Lugala, “in addition to safe handling and administration of medications, providing personalized and individualized care for patients is important to ensuring that they’re on the correct medication, at the correct dose, and taking it when appropriate”.

MOH Receives 391 Two-way Radios from Last Miles Health

In an effort to effectuate and increase access to communication in the Health Sector as well as sustainable access to information dissemination, the Ministry of Health has received huge donation of 391 pieces of two-way radios from Last Miles Health.

According to a statement from the Ministry, the items were donated over the weekend at the Ministry in Congo Town. The pieces of radios are expected to be distributed in order to better improve access to stable and sustainable communication and respond to situation at various levels of the health sector. It will, besides, enhance and influence the Ministry’s decision making at certain strategic levels, especially when it comes to drugs distribution and supervision.

The two-way secured digital radios have the capacity to make available long-distance communication with GPS tracking capabilities and video analytics for on and off-premise security. The value is put at approximately US$155,000.00

However, making a statement during the donation, Ministry of Health Deputy Minister for Administration (DMA) Norwu Howard asserted that communication has the power to either make or break an organization. “In my career, one of the most important tools is the tool of communication—it has the power to make or break an organization.

“And, I think in these times as we should adjust to the new manner—because if it is not COVID today, it’s going be to another infection, or it going to be another disaster. I think the tools of communication that we have now will help a long way in making sure that we as a ministry know what is going on; we as a ministry can communicate to people who need information; We as a health sector and a country can use the tools of communication to not only talk about the good things that are happening in the Ministry but also things that are happening in the public which are health related,” she noted.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Health boss has praised the Communication Department of the Ministry for consistently and rapidly uploading news contents on the Ministry’s website, which has promoted the Ministry’s activities both locally and internationally.

“The Department of Communication has done a great job in uploading news contents to various platforms of the Ministry, especially the website,” she praised.

In a special statement, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah narrated that the donation came following a request to Last Miles Health to purchase some sets of radios that would be used to enhance effective communication at various levels.

“Whenever things happen in other parts of the country and it communicated to us, with this donation being made to us, we can move in to intervene immediately. However, one of our biggest networks that will use this donation is the supply chain.”

According to her, the radios will enhance routine services: “When we start distribution of the drugs to various counties across the country, these radios will monitor most of the activities. If anything happens on the way, somebody with the radio will immediately communicate it to us and we will move in. Even at the facility levels, our people will not struggle to communicate information to us. So, I think this is a very big milestone for us as a Ministry and people of this great republic.  Disseminating proper information to our people in the various facilities, I think it is very important.”

Dr. Jallah lauded Last Mile Health for the collaboration and at the same time cautioned beneficiaries of the supply to immediately communicate every necessary information to the Ministry for tracking, vowing to use the donation for the intended purpose.

Ministry of Health Patient Safety Day Talking Points on COVID-19

        

DateUpdated on 15 September 2020
ContactCommunication Unit, MOH, feleciagbesiohmoh@gmail.com/0770259623  

Key messages

  1. On 17 September, we celebrate World Patient Safety Day because to realize quality health care, the first step is to do no harm, yet in hospitals in low- and middle-income countries globally, every year, there are 134 million adverse events due to unsafe care, contributing to 2.6 million lives lost.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed that to keep patients safe, health workers must be protected, and so this year’s theme is Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is presently among the biggest challenges and threats to face the world and humanity, and health care is living its greatest crisis in patient safety ever.  Health systems can only function with health workers, and a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce is critical for the provision of safe care to patients.
  • Considering the ongoing challenges, a key activity of the global campaign for World Patient Safety Day 2020 focuses on: lighting up a prominent monument, public space, or natural feature in orange as a gesture of respect and gratitude to all health workers, to recognize the essential work health workers do.

Why was the World Safety Day established?

As a part of the global action on patient safety, the 72nd World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on 24th May 2019 to address global patient safety in a concerted manner. Part of this resolution was the adoption of 17th September as a World Patient Safety Day.

By having a World Patient Safety Day, we can prioritize and address patient safety through global solidarity and concerted action from all member countries, stakeholders, patients and international partners. This approach is similar to our Patient Solidarity Day, where we involve the entire community and all government actors in the effort.

Global observance of WPSD aims to:

  • Raise awareness of patient safety issues globally
  • Enhance global understanding on the central role of patient safety in achieving Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Encourage development of systems and procedures for the elimination of all avoidable health care related harm to patients, and management of risks in health care 
  • Encourage governments to commit to and support the implementation of strategies for ensuring patient safety, managing risks and fostering supportive, learning cultures  
  • Strengthen collaboration and partnerships at global, regional, national and local levels for implementing patient safety strategies and for improving safety of health care
  • Highlight specific patient safety themes such as Medication Safety, Education and Training in Patient Safety, Reporting and learning systems, and Patient Engagement 

Situation of Patient Safety in Liberia

  • Baseline assessment of patient safety in 42% (16) health facilities demonstrated poor standards of safety (47% average score) in our health facilities,
  • Weak areas highlighted for the survey: 1) patient safety surveillance and research, 2) medication safety, 3) surgical care and 4) patient safety funding

Ongoing efforts on Patient Safety

  • Establishment of the Quality Management |Unit at the Ministry of Health
  • Quarterly hand hygiene audits at healthcare facilities
  • Development of the National IPC guidelines
  • Establishment of quality teams at the facility level
  • Regular supervision and mentorship and mentorship of health facilities on IPC across the country
  • Development of the National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
  • National launch of the 3rd Global Safety Challenge, “Medication without harm”

Needed actions to improve patient safety in Liberia

  • Development of protocol for implementation of surgical site infection surveillance
  • Established Infection Prevention and Control Program at all levels of the Healthcare System with IPC guidelines,
  • Annual commemoration of IPC Week, Global Hand washing Days to raise awareness and improve Patient Safety,
  • Provide periodic training on patient safety best practices for health workers,
  • Ensure the availability of Infection prevention control supplies in all healthcare facilities in the country,
  • Emphasize patient safety and quality in training curriculum for health care professionals in Liberia (WHO Patient Safety Curriculum – multi-professional edition, can be adapted).

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

          Director of Communication, MOH

Dr. Jallah Embarks On Inspection of Health Facilities

The Provision of quality healthcare delivery for all is something Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has over the past years ensured its realization. The Minister who hits the ground running has instituted visitation to health facilities as a key strategy to ensuring that the best quality of healthcare is provided to patients amid the sporadic Coronavirus pandemic.

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To see this vision realize, Dr. Jallah on Thursday 13, 2020 embarked on inspection of health facilities in Margibi and Bong Counties respectively. The Minister’s surprised visit to both C.H. Rennie and Bong Mines Hospitals was intended to access the quality of service provided to patients, materials and drugs supplied given to health facilities are received and in stock. It was also meant to ensure necessary protection and safety for all healthcare workers.

Demystifying rumors of drugs shortage at various health facilities in the Country, the energetic Health Minister said the Ministry has always ensured drugs coupled with assorted medical supplies are available to government facilities for delivering of quality health services to the Liberian populace.

During the Minister’s stay at the C.H. Rennie hospital, she toured the facility ranging from ware house to pharmaceutical center to inspect the availability of drugs.

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“Thanks honorable Minister for taking the bold step thus far. We have all the supplies stable and in stock for now. Every supplies sent to us are managed properly. Secondly, we have enough drugs here,” Dr.  Myer Chea Pajibo, County Health Officer (CHO) of the C.H. Rennie Hospital, told Dr. Jallah during the inspection.

He assured the Minister and team of proper monitoring of consignments stored at the facility for its intended purposes.

He indicated that they have been given an active focal person both for the county and the hospital, who is responsible to address challenges face by health facilities to be speedily mitigated.

In response, Dr. Jallah urged the CHO and Medical Director in the Counties to properly disseminate information continuously to health workers across the county, warning that people should be held responsible and accountable for whatever assignment or job given them. 

Courtesy of MOH Communication Unit    

MOH Staff Participate In CBRNe’s Risk Communication Workshop

Employees of the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 joined other government line ministries and agencies as well as community based organizations to participate in a day long risk communication workshop aimed at training participants on COVID-19 awareness, prevention and risk mitigation techniques in affected areas across the Country.

The workshop which gathered over 50 participants was held at the A La Lagoon Hotel in Oldest Congo Town, outside Monrovia.

The objectives of the seminar were to equip participants with best practices and methodologies to successfully conduct the awareness raising exercise in Monrovia (dates to be completed) August. Drawing on the vast communication, negotiation and training experience of the Governance Team (GT), including in the Covid-19 context, this seminar has been designed specifically for the Liberian CBRN National Team and Covid-19 experts. The GT seminar followed an interactive approach with simulations to allow for meaningful exchanges. The European Union (EU) Governance Team was represented by Pr. Linda Benrais, Lieutenant Colonel Yannick Durocher and Pr. Tariel Sikharulidze.

In introductory remarks, Pr. Linda Benrais, Eu Key Expert of the Governance Team and Mrs. Stefiania Micucci, Regional Coordinator of EU Center of Excellence for Africa Atlantic Façade, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, lauded the Government of Liberia for its valuable import and qualities of participants sent to the training.

The EU Governance Team experts via a zoom communication reaffirmed its strong commitment and vowed to remain collaborative in supporting government in the domain of training of emerging experts who will work in the CBRNe risk mitigation.

Dr Martin Scott-Tabi, presenting a brief history of the organization, narrated that the platform was established in 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and affiliated with the EU-CBRNe Center of Excellence of the African Atlantic Façade region in Rabat morocco, in which Liberia has participated in several initiatives of waste hazardous chemical, and hospital waste.

 According to Prof. Scott-Tabi, the organization has done baseline assessment of the CBRNe situation in Liberia to know the state of affairs on CBRN. “The organization is moving towards validation of needs assessed, and we are currently on project 71 which is the transportation of dangerous goods and project 69 is also the transportation of dangerous chemical by road and as well as by rail.

The National Action Plan that will govern the acts of CBRNe in Liberia is in progress. The organization has had three national meeting and is looking forward to the last meeting which will lead to validation by stakeholders. After which, the organization shall look up to developing a legislation on CBRNe that will pave the way for the program to either transcend to an existing state own agency, Ministry or would be made to become a commission which would enable them to reach the milestone set for the platform.

For the role-playing, the participants were divided into five major groups and asked to demonstrate skills and techniques provided them while attending the field functions.

Additionally, participants were informed that upon the completion of their training, they would be expected to carry out a three days’ fieldwork in five different communities across Montserrado, at this juncture, they would be expected to utilize and exhibit acquired skills to effectively communicate the public health risks associated with the COVID- 19 virus as well as the distribution of essential tools to mitigate the risk of propagation.

Professor Tabi also recommended to the host team the following:

  •  Organizers of the training be ask to do flyers with brief statement on a door to door sensitization, awareness and protocol guiding the behaviors of participants during the three day field work.
  • Future projects be implemented on the CBRNe risk mitigation, including chemical risk, biological risk , radiological risk, nuclear risk and explosive risk in order to conscientise  and safeguard the population and environment.

In conclusion, Prof. Scott Tabi, on behalf of the Government of Liberia, thanked the EU and its Governance Team for sponsoring the initiative and urged them to continue their support. The EU Governance Team commended the high quality and commitment of the trainer experts accompanied by the National Focal Point in this important work on the prevention of Covid-19 and other diseases in Liberia.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH

MOH Receives 10 New Ambulances from World Bank

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has received ten (10) new hard top ambulances from the World Bank to ensure the safe transfer of patients to health facilities across the Country. The donation made on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, will strengthen President George Manneh Weah-led government’s response to the fight against the deadly Coronavirus in Liberia.

The ambulances worth US$636,000.00 are well equipped with plasters, needles, IV Fluid, syringes, gloves, first aid kids, stretchers, AED machines, O2 tanks, suction and other medical equipment.

“These ambulances are well equipped with everything for our roads.  We will only need to refill them every time they arelow or short,” the energetic Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah disclosed while giving importance of the equipment.

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Mr. Flomo Turns Keys Over To Dr. Jallah

“What all you see here, today, are Compliments of the World Bank to Liberia, these ambulances are hard top. The ambulances have all the necessary equipment in it to handle patients, and will be able to go through the tough terrains,” Dr. Jallah emphasized.

She said the ambulances are equipped with everything that is needed for patients before their arrival at a health center.

“We have all of the resuscitation bags, AED to start the heart (if the ambulance comes on the scene and your heart has stopped, it will be used to start the heart to bring you back to life and it’s very important),” Dr. Jallah explained. “The ambulances have two oxygen tanks in each, and when they are filled, we will have no problem with oxygen.”

According to her, the Ministry has two equipped ambulances at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and the additional 10 will be more helpful in picking people up from any location.

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10 Ambulances Donated to MOH

She lauded World Bank for the donation and all the people who worked hard to procure them.

For his part, Mr Mathew T. K. Flomo, Project Implementation Unit Manager of World Bank Health Portfolio, says the donation was made as a result of his organization’s commitment to buttress government’s efforts in the fight against the sporadic Coronavirus in Liberia.

“We have made a commitment to supporting this fight against the Coronavirus globally. This is why we have decided to donate these ambulances to the Ministry in order to quickly transport patients to a health center,” he indicated.

The World Project Manager lauded Government for mustering the courage in the fight against the virus and called on Liberians to apply all health protocols instituted by health authorities. 

Meanwhile, the Director of Emergency and Response at the Ministry, Mark Luke, says for the first time in Liberia, the country has emergency medical services (EMS) along with emergency medical team (EMT) (people in the ambulance who provide medical care for people everywhere).

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“We also have the dispatch team who receive the call and establish the situation and subsequently come to the location. We have our contacts: 0775588588 or 0881747070. Our staff are sitting and waiting to receive your call and dispatch an ambulance immediately,” Mr. Luke explains.

He called on the public to be patient to respond to the dispatch team’s inquiries, including nature of the case and problem, which is important to determine the appropriate ambulance that is needed to take a patient to the health center.

“If your level is low, then we know the practitioners to send to you and if your level is high, we will know also what practitioners to send to you. We are hoping that wherever you are, the ambulance can reach to you in the shortest possible time, considering the numbers of ambulances now,” Mr. Luke added.

Plans are on the way in order to distribute the ambulances among counties, as Montserrado and hard-to-reach Counties are expected to be prioritized.

In addition to the 10 brand new ambulances, fifteen (15) ambulances are expected shortly in country to be distributed among the 15 political sub-division of the Country to ensure that every county has emergency medical services.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH

Health Ministry Boosts Campaign On Wearing of Nose Mask Against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has stepped up the campaign to wear mask to avert the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Country. Liberian Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah embarked on the exercise on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, with nose mask distribution to street peddlers, including photographers, bike riders as well as private and commercial drivers in Monrovia.

The Minister’s latest move is aimed at preventing the spread of the virus, which is an extension of President George Manneh Weah-led government’s 1 Million Masks Project, headed by Mr. Presley S. Tenwah.

 Minister Jallah drew attention to the importance of proper use of nose mask, right from selection of the type of masks to the right way to wear, remove, and properly dispose them. The Ministry will follow up the nose mask campaign with public campaigns, stressing on the practice of washing hands with soap and water or by using a hand sanitizer as well as maintaining physical distancing.

“As of today, we will continue this exercise club together into one message. The messages pertain to wearing mask, washing hands, and maintaining a safe requisite distance. It will be conducted one at a time in order to make it the focus,” Dr. Jallah said.

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Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah (left) and Mr. Presley S. Tenwah (right)

Nose mask wearing, according to the Minister, when adopted as a culture by every Liberian, would prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people.

 “At least if you wear the mask, you will protect yourself, you will protect me, and you will protect your family,” she told petty traders at the Boulevard Junction in Congo Town.

She expounded that wearing mask is a crucial practice in reducing risk of contracting the virus. However, mask should be used properly and be supported by other health protocols, such as handwashing with soap water and ensuring a physical distance of at least one meter among people.

“The purpose of this mask distribution is that it can keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control.”

” We have recommended nose mask wearing, which is key to preventing the virus even though it is difficult to keep on, but by adopting the culture of mask wearing, we can eradicate the virus.”

According to Hon. Jallah, when the mask is worn over nose and mouth, it will reduce spread of the virus: “The virus spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of mask is particularly important in settings where people are closed to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain; therefore, we want you to please wear your mask while you are in public,” Dr. Jallah pleads. 

She emphasized the importance for Liberians to believe the existence of the COVID-19, adding that collaboration and collectiveness is the best tool to fighting any global pandemic.

“This virus exists among us so we must work together collectively to stop its further spread by wearing our mask; order than this, we will continue spreading the virus among us”, she cautioned.

The energetic and farsighted Minister thanked H.E. President George Manneh Weah for entrusting her to contribute to the Country, especially in the Health system where she serves as Minister.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH

Dr. Jallah Thanks Israel After Donation of Assorted COVID-19 Supplies

Liberia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, on Monday, August 10, 2020 extended profound thanks to the Government and people of Israel for donating several assorted medical consignment to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

While unveiling the assorted medical supplies at the Ministry, Dr. Jallah said: “Even though COVID-19 is being fought around the World, but there are friends of Liberia who are still making frantic efforts to curb the spread of the virus through their strategic donation help curb the spread of the virus.”

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Medical Consignments Donated to the Ministry of Health

She continues: “one of those good friends that sent these assorted medical supplies is the government Israel.  These consignments were received through its embassy as a way of contributing to Liberia’s COVID-19 response”,

Dr. Jallah named nose masks, gloves, thermometers, among others medical items as materials found in the package. These assorted items are expected to be distributed among both government and private health facilities throughout the Country in order to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.

The Ministry lately last month embarked on distribution of essential drugs and medical supplies to help boost the fight against the COVID-19. As a result, Dr. Jallah disclosed that the Ministry has adopted strategies aimed at visiting health facilities in order to identify hospitals and clinics in demand of more supplies to benefit from the donation.

“We are going to check around the Country to find out how many health facilities lack these materials before we can start any distribution. We don’t want to stock other facilities with more items, while other facilities are empty”, she indicated.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH