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

MOH Receives Oxygen Concentrators from WHO

following donation of ventilator worth US$699,500 to the Ministry of Health (MOH) by the World Bank recently to ensuring that Liberian “lives are safe by building the health system in the Country, the Ministry has again received, 21 pieces of Oxygen Concentrators from the World Health Organization (WHO) to support its Coronavirus response. The donation was made on Thursday, August 6, 2020 on the Ministry’s Compound in Congo Town, Monrovia.

An oxygen concentrator is a device that concentrates the oxygen from a gas supply (typically ambient air) by selectively removing nitrogen to supply an oxygen-enriched product gas stream. Two methods in common use are pressure swing adsorption and membrane gas separation.

The machines worth over US$14,280.00, using pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology will be used for oxygen provision in healthcare applications, especially where liquid or pressurized oxygen is too dangerous or inconvenient. Treatment units facing shortage of oxygen concentrators will now benefit from the supplies, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release. 

Receiving the donation on behalf of the Government, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah thanked WHO for always coming to the aid of the Country, especially her Ministry in these critical and difficult times of the pandemic. “You have always been there for us in these critical and difficult times of the pandemic,” she stressed.

The energetic Health Minister said, with spread of the deadly coronavirus across the Country, the machines will be distributed among the fifteen political sub-division of the Country to boost the fight against the virus.

“Now, we are happy that these 21 pieces of machines are in country. These machines will be distributed among our fifteen political sub-division in order to enhance our fight against the virus”, she disclosed.

Earlier, delivering the machines to the Ministry, WHO Representative Liberia, Dr. Peter L. Clement, said the donation is the Health Body’s ways of contributing to Liberia’s COVID-19 response, saying “this donation is part of WHO support to Liberia’s COVID-19 response”.

The oxygen concentrator which takes in air and removes nitrogen from it, leaving an oxygen enriched gas for use by people requiring medical oxygen due to low oxygen levels in their blood, will enhance nurses and doctors’ work at various treatment units.

‘We Appreciate Your Gesture’

With recent wave of donations to the Ministry of Health (MOH) by both national and international organizations to pep talk its fight against the venomous Coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the world and threatened global health, Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has thanked Andrew Young Foundation and University Consortium for donating assorted medical supplies to the Ministry.

Andrew Young Foundation and University Consortium on Thursday, July 31, 2020, donated assorted medical consignment worth US$6,340.00 to the Ministry as their way of contributing towards the Country’s fight against the toxic virus.

Applauding the organizations for aiding the Ministry, Dr. Jallah said: Liberians in general have contributed immensely to the fight declare against the sporadic Coronavirus since its outbreak, which is a sign of patriotism. we appreciate your kind gesture! Your donations to the Ministry during this time of pandemic is a clear demonstration of patriotism and Nationalism,”

Since the Ministry last week embarked on drug supply across the fifteen Political Sub-division of the Country, the new medical consignment will be distributed to various treatment units throughout the Country in order to boost Coronavirus patient treatment.

In recent weeks, and even during this COVID-19 fight, Liberians as well as international partners have colossally contributed to the Ministry, something that has attracted the attention of the Health Minister.

Minister Jallah, who recounted precautionary and preventive measures earlier deployed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) to stamp out the virus, welcomed the Two humanitarian organizations for their timely intervention during these difficult periods.

Giving the importance of these predominant drugs (Selenase) stocked in the package, she explained: “Selenium is important for the body. The essential trace element protects organism from free radicals and is important for the thyroid gland. It improves the immune defense system and increases fecundity (productiveness). Selenium is involved in the activation of numerous enzymes.”

According to her, with the mineral found in the drugs, will help boost the immune system of people infected with the virus: “This drug also has mineral which is very key to fighting any virus, of which Coronavirus is of no exception. Correct dosing is key to achieving desired outcomes and preventing morbidity (disease) and mortality (death), but also varies across disease stages.”

At the same time, the Liberian Health Minister promised her Ministry’s willingness and readiness to go extra miles in heightening its responsibility to the people and to bring to an end the COVID-19 chapter.

MOH Launches National Nursing and Midwifery Policy and Plan for 2020-2025

The Ministry of Health (MoH) on July 23, 2020 officially launched the National Nursing and Midwifery policy and plan for 2020-2025 at the Ministry in Congo Town.

 “To contribute towards the achievement of the Ministry’s vision, this policy focuses on strengthening coordination, collaboration with the nursing and midwifery association, and health regulatory boards; and ensures the high quality of nursing and midwifery training practice. The Policy seeks to advocate for nurses and midwives employment and benefits on an equitable basis, strengthen the governance structure of the nursing and midwifery division and to continuously ensure quality of healthcare protocols and standards are adhered to by all Nurses and Midwives practicing in Liberia’’, the policy is quoted as saying.

According to the new health policy, this will further be enforced by the following principles: professionalism will be the hall mark of the National Nursing and Midwifery workforce compliance—implementation of the Nursing and Midwifery policy and plan will emphasize adherence to polices regulations, legislation, enforcement and local ordinances in the Republic of Liberia.

At the same time, the policy reiterates partnership and Coordination—broad based partnership at national county, district and community levels involving donors, NGOs, government agencies, private institutions and community will be forged in achieving the goal of this policy. A partnership coordination mechanism will be established to coordinate partners and advice on policy and technical issues and decentralization—the Ministry of Health ensures a systematic decentralization of Nursing and Midwifery activities in line with the MOH decentralization policy.

The Nursing and Midwifery Policy Document is to also offer legal and regulatory framework for Nurses and Midwives within the health sector and to create an enabling environment for Nurses and Midwives as well as the provision of quality health care delivery throughout the Republic of Liberia that is accessible to Situational Analysis: the situational analysis determined that Nurses and Midwives constitutes about 76% of the health workforce.

The practice of nursing and midwifery is committed to functional and collaboration relationship with other healthcare providers. Member of the profession share the responsibilities for leadership in the healthcare system, and are guided by ethical standards in the services to humanity. These professions determine the practice and control of their profession. With more than 70% of the health care providers being nurses and midwives, Liberia like all other countries in the world depends largely on them to run an effective and resilient healthcare system. The National health policy and plan (2007-2011, 2011-2021) further alluded to the need for skilled human resource as the backbone for a healthy and prosperous population. Therefore, in order to substantially improve the health status of the population, the Ministry of Health and partners led a participatory process of developing and establishing one holistic, evidence-based policy framework explicitly aimed at guiding decision makers through the next five years. The process included analyzing Nurses and Midwives situation in the Country.

The event, held under the theme, “Unlocking the Potential of Nurses and Midwives in Liberia”, brought together nurses, midwives as well as medical doctors.

In remarks, the keynote speaker of the launch, Elizabeth Sele Mulbah, who spoke on the occasion via zoom communication, stressed the need for a practical health culture that will appeal to the consciences of all Liberians and not health workers and professionals alone.

“If we must connect the power of evidence-based policy to achieve lasting change for everyone to have the chance to live as healthy a life as possible, we need public policy that will help to maximize access to quality and affordable health care, as well as create communities that are healthier and more inclusive in providing everyone with the opportunity to strive,” said Madam Mulbah.

She called on the Ministry and its employers to ensure that nurses and midwives in their employ carry current license. “Nurses and midwives, we need to set up a peer review committee to handle any and all discrepancies among us. Serve as a sounding board and bring colleagues to book whenever necessary.”

The former Vice-Chair of the Governance Commission added that if we are to benefit from continuing education, needs assessment is a must. Sending a nurse or midwife to a skills training workshop when his or her need is attitudinal change, becomes a waste of time and money.

“Achieving health for all will depend on sufficient numbers of well-trained and educated, regulated and well-supported nurses and midwives, who receive pay and recognition commensurate with the services and quality of care that they provide,” she said.

She noted that in order to have well equipped nurses and midwives, the government and partners must support nurses and midwives.  The report of the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth concluded that investments in education and job creation in the health and social sectors result in a triple return of improved health outcomes, global health security, and inclusive economic growth.

“We should come together to present a comprehensive budget to the government through the MOH each year, and only then would the left hand knows what the right hand is doing or receiving to assist each other in our training areas because we are a team, we can learn from each other and our patients will be better off”, she recommended.

Madam Mulbah urged nurses and midwives to remain composed as the current situation will not remain the same always.

Placing emphases on the selection of the Chief launcher of the occasion, Norwu Howard Deputy Health Minister for Administration indicated that madam Mulbah sees herself as one of the privileged few, with the challenges and responsibilities to promote the advancement of more women and girls in Liberia.

“She thinks women leaders are only given the opportunity to bring out their leadership quality that has been silent for years by culture and tradition; that women should not make the Mistakes by thinking they can do it alone—we must join men to work together as a team.

“Her perception for Liberia’s growth and development is something she would like to see emphases being placed on by building the capacity of the citizens and advancement in education, Health, food production and infrastructure, especially roads,” she disclosed.

World Bank Donates Ventilator To Liberia

The World Bank (WB) on July 23, 2020 donated 20 ventilators to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health (MOH) to boost Liberia’s preparedness in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the Country, which amount to 24 ventilators in the Country.

The Bank made the donation to adequately prepare the country for the threat posed by the virus, especially if cases start to rise and more ventilators are required to aid patients’ recovery.

 “Timely provision of supplies is important to ensure that Liberia meets the targets established in its COVID-19 response plan,” said Sonpson B. Sieh, World Bank Technical Coordinator of Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Project. “To detect, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 cases, Liberia must have the necessary supplies of laboratory, medical and personal protective equipment.”

According to Sieh, the donation from the World Bank is geared toward ensuring that Liberian “lives are safe by building the health system in the Country.” The donation by the Bank is valued at US$699,500.

This, Sieh said, is part of the US$17 million budget that was given to the government by the World Bank, to respond to the fight against the virus and strengthen the country’s response to disease outbreaks and emergencies.

Its goals are to mitigate and contain the transmission of COVID-19, ensure adequate management of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and as well strengthen the laboratory network systems for COVID-19 detection and other infectious diseases.

Receiving the donation, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah said the ventilators will be distributed to treatment units and major health facilities to ensure people of Liberia are safe.

Dispelling fears, the energetic Minister of Health said that the country has technicians who are trained to properly use and maintain the machines, terming the ventilators as none invasive and can be used for both adults and children.  

“We have 24 ventilators now in Liberia. We are doing very well as a country. These ventilators will be distributed to our treatment units and later to our major health centers to provide the necessary treatment for our people, “Dr. Jallah emphasized.

In conclusion, the Minister thanked World Bank and partners for contribution to Liberia’s fight against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH

MOH Receives Consignment of Essential Medicine from USAID

For immediate Release

(July 21, 2020, Monrovia, Liberia)—The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Friday, July 17, 2020 received a consignment of essential medicines from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at buttressing government’s efforts in the Heath Sector.

The medical supplies worth US$1.7 million, were procured by USAID under an arrangement it reached with the Ministry to help procure additional critically needed medicines and health commodities in the country.

According to the Ministry’s release, additional two other consignments are expected to arrive in Monrovia by the end of September through USAID’s support.

Receiving the medical consignments on behalf of the Government and H.E. Dr. George Weah, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah acknowledges the outstanding supports the Government and people of the United States has given towards the Health Sector since the inception of the Weah-led government.

According to Dr. Jallah, evidence of this is being shown when the U.S. government is fighting against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic and at the same time supplying assorted medical items to Liberia; something she said worth commending.

The energetic and farsighted Health Minister has pledged the Ministry’s commitment to working with USAID for equitable distribution of the drugs to various government’s medical facilities across the Country.

“we all worked tirelessly together to ensure that this can be a success. Now, we hope and pray that, as we receive these drugs, they will be distributed properly for the common good of the Liberian people”, she assured.

In welcoming statements, Boakai Boley, Managing Director of the Central Medical Store (CMS) praised the U.S. government for the consignment and vowed to begin its subsequent distribution.

“We want to appreciate you for your assiduous and continuous supports towards our sector with drugs. This is not your first time aiding us. Some months back, I can remember, you donated trucks to help enhance the distribution of drugs. However, we will shortly begin distribution of these drugs”, he said via zoom communication.

While handing over the medicines to Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, the United States Chargé d’Affaires, Alyson Grunder, speaking virtually said the U.S. Government is committed to helping Liberia create a “well-functioning health delivery system that provides all Liberians access to quality health services, including safe, effective, and affordable medicines.”

The consignments of essential medicines are in addition to other much needed medical commodities the United States has provided the people of Liberia for several years now—commodities critical to improving access to family planning, treating chronic diseases, and reducing preventable mortality.

Although the Ministry’s major concern is to eradicate the Coronavirus from the Country, but the overall provision of quality health delivery to the Country and its people cannot be overlooked. As such, the Ministry will soon embark on distribution of the drugs to various government’s health facilities. 

Signed: _____________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

      Director of Communications

REVISED COVID-19 DECLARATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

IN THE WAKE OF INCREASING CASES AND DEATHS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE IN LIBERIA, AND GIVEN OUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CURRENT SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN THE COMMUNITIES, ITS MODES OF TRANSMISSION, AND MEANS OF PREVENTION, THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH HEREBY ANNOUNCES A REVISED SET OF NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY GUIDE GUIDELINES IN KEEPING WITH THE HEALTH EMERGENCY DECALRED ON MARCH 21, 2020 PURSANT TO CHAPTER 14 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW OF LIBERIA. UNDER THIS REVISED DECLARATION I HEREWITH DESIGNATE ALL 15 COUNTIES OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA AS AFFECTED AREAS IN WHICH THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS MUST APPY IMMEDIATELY AND REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTILL OHTERWISE MODEFIED. THIS DECLARATION WILL BE UPDATED BASED ON THE PREVAILING SITUAITON IN THE COVID-19 RESPONSE.

  1. All persons shall strictly follow and abide by all health protocols to protect against the spread of COVID-19 in Liberia which include the following:
  2. All persons shall wear a face mask covering both the nose and mouth at all times when in public place and when attending to sick persons;
  3. For clarity, public place is any place accessible to members of the public such as market places; shopping centers; transport vehicles including taxis, buses, keh-keh and motor cycles; health facilities; institutions of learning; hotels; entertainment centers and sports bars or video clubs; government buildings; business establishments, ports of entry etc.
  4. All Government institutions shall adopt a no-mask-no-entry, no-service policy;
  5. Social physical distancing of a minimum of three (3) feet from each other at all times is hereby imposed;
  6. Community and traditional leaders shall ensure the wearing of face masks in their communities;
  7. Mandatory hand washing with soap and clean water or alcohol based hand sanitizer is hereby ordered. Homes and all establishments, public and private shall ensure the implementation of this protocol at all times.
  8. All INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING ARE TO REMAIN CLOSED AS WE WORK WITH THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION FOR REOPENING. IN THE MAIN TIME, 12 GRADERS WHO ARE IN SCHOOL PREPARING FOR WASP MUST CONTINUE TO STRICTLY FOLLOW THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1 ABOVE.
  9. CHURCHES, MOSQUES AND ALL OTHER CENTERS OF WORSHIP AND PERSONS IN ATTENDANCE SHALL FOLLOW THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1 ABOVE.
  10. LARGE GATHERINGS INCLUDING PARTIES OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE, SPORTING EVENTS, WEDDINGS, AND FUNERALS ARE ALLOWED PROVIDED PERSONS IN ATTENDENCE FOLLOW THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1 ABOVE.
  11. RESTAURANTS AND COOKSHOPS SHALL BE OPENED PROVIDED PERSONS AND STAFF IN ATTENDANCE FOLLOW THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1 ABOVE.
  12. BARBER SHOPS AND BEAUTY SALONS AND PERSONS AND STAFF IN ATTENDANCE SHALL FOLLOW THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1 ABOVE.
  13. BANKS SHALL ONLY ALLLOW TEN PEOPLE AT A TIME IN THE SERVICE AREAS AND THOSE OUTSIDE THE BANKS SHOULD KEEP A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST THREE FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER WHILE AWAITING SERVICE. PERSONS AND STAFF IN ATTENDANCE SHALL FOLLOW THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1 ABOVE.
  14. PUBLIC TRANSPORTS: TAXIS SHALL CARRY NO MORE THAN THREE PASSENGERS IN THE BACK AND ON PASSSENGER IN THE FRONT; KEH-KEH SHOULD CARRY ONLY TWO PASSENGERS IN THE BACK AND NO PASSENGER IN THE FRONT. ALL DRIVERS/RIDERS AND PASSENGERS SHALL FOLLO THE PROTOCOLS LISTED UNDER COUNT 1 ABOVE. COMPULSARY MASK WEARING IS HEREBY IMPOSED IN ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORTS.
  15. ALL PORTS OF ENTRY SHALL FOLLOW DIRECTIVES FROM THE PRESIDENT VIA THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND THE LIBERIAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY.
  16. ALL SUPERMARKETS AND LARGE STORES MUST INSIST ON MASK WEARING AND ALLOW ONLY 20 CUSTONERS AT A TIME, WHILE THOSE CUSTOMERS OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING BY BEING A MINIMUM OF THREE FEET APART AT ALL TIMES. THOSE OUTSIDE SHALL REMAIN OUTSIDE AND STAND A MINIMUM OF THREE FEET APART AS WELL, AS THEY AWAIT THEIR TURN TO BE SERVED. ALL BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRED TO FIND INNOVATIVE WAYS OF IMPLEMENTING COUNT 1.
  17. ALL HEALTH FACILITIES, HEALTH INSTITUTIONS AND PHARMACIES WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR ROUTINE SERVICES, WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES. ALL SAFETY RULES AND PROCEDURES AT HOSPITALS AND ALL FACILITIES SHALL BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO. MANDATORY MASK WEARING IS IMPOSED AT ALL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS.
  18. ALL MARKETERS AND BUYERS ARE REQUIRED TO ABIDE BY THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1.
  19. ALL STREET SELLERS ARE REQUIRED TO ABIDE BY THE HEALTH PROTOCOLS LISTED IN COUNT 1.
  20. COMMUNITY DWELLERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE REPORT PEOPLE WHO SHOW SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS SUCH AS (COUGHING, FEVER, DIFFICULTY BREATHING) IN THEIR COMMUNITIES TO RELEVENT HEALTH AND SECURITY AUTHORITIES. PLEASE CALLS (4455).
  21. NIGHT CLUBS AND BARS SHALL REMAIN CLOSED; OTHER RELATED ENTAINMENT CENTERS SUCH BUSINESS DEALING ACOHOLIC BEVERAGES SHALL CLOSED AT 9PM.

OFFICIAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION ON THE COVID-19 VIRUS SHALL ONLY BE ANNOUNCED BY THE MOH, NPHIL AND MICAT.

ALL CITIZENS, RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES.

SANCTIONS: VIOLATION OF THESE SET OF RULES SHALL BE DEALT WITH IN KEEPING WIITH SECTION 14.6 OF THE PUBLIC HEALHT LAW WHICH STATTES IN PART:

                      “Any person…who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or any of the rules

           Made thereunder shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding two        hundred dollars or to imprisonment not exceeding thirty days, or to both such fine and imprisonment”.

           NOTE: MANDATORY MASK WERING IMPOSED ABOVE APPLIES TO ALL PERSONS INCLUDING PUBLIC OFFICIALS.

The Ministry of Justice, AS HEAD OF THE JOINT SECURITY, SHALL IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS ENFORCE THESE RULES WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN, WE SHALL AND WE MUST KICK COVIID-19 OUT OF LIBERIA.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND IN THE CITY OF MONROVIA ON THIS 22ND DAY OF July A.D. 2020

SIGNED: __________________________________

            Wilhelmina S. Jallah , MD, MPH, CHES, EWACP

           MINISTER

MOH Adopts Passport COVID-19 To Strengthen Its Fight Against Coronavirus

As prevention and eradication of the deadly coronavirus from the Country remain a paramount concern of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and government, the Ministry on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 adopted a digital innovation named ‘Passport Covid’ to strengthen its capacity in the fight against the global pandemic Passport Covid is a digital identity assigns to each citizen a status among six (6) values (Positive, Negative, Cured, Pending Result, expired test, to be Repeated) through USSD technology—a standard for transmitting information over GSM signaling channels. It is also accessible on all categories of phones (Android, iOS and a web portal) and can be integrated with all mobile operators. The application does not record the movements of the phone and therefore, respects the privacy of its users.

While adopting the solution at the Ministry, Liberia’s Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah called on Liberians to take advantage of the process to get quick access to their result.

“we are adopting this new exercise so as to allow people access their own information when it is released”, she disclosed.  Minister Jallah encourages users of the solution to dial *303# in order to access their test results without physical contact: “Now, the Liberian population can access the USSD code by dialing *303# to benefit from the services offered by the application to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Liberia Dr. Jallah expressed thanks to partners, including Zero Poor Africa, MTN, Orange and Healthcare Federation of Liberia for their contribution towards the success of the project.

In remarks, Banki Technology SAS CEO, Mamadou Bah, said the new solution can detect automatic notification of suspected cases, and trace people checked at the dams: “This is meant to trace people who want to bypass the system.”

The digital innovation offers to the Ministry by a Guinean IT company (Banki Technology SAS), facilitates the rendering of COVID-19 test results, eliminates the risk of falsification of test results or travel documents as well as enforces controls at the level of the sanitary at the various borders. It also locates screening and care centers, and provides statistics

Signed: _________________________________________________

                Felecia Gbesioh

Director of Communications

MOH, USAID Sign US$6.1m FARA Supported Project

(June 30, 2020, Monrovia, Liberia)The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at boosting quality health care delivery in six (6) counties. The beneficiary counties are: Nimba, Bong, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, and River Gee.

The signing of the MOU was made under the Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA) of the MOH where it gets support for the implementation of the government’s 10 year National Health Policy and Plan.

Under the US$6.1 agreement, USAID will reimburse the government for the cost of implementing components of the Essential Package of Health Services that support family planning, maternal and child health and malaria prevention and treatment.

Speaking at the signing of the MOU on Monday, June 29, 2020 between the County Health Officers (CHOs) of the six counties, the Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah called on the CHOs to work diligently to ensure that resources are managed properly to boost quality health delivery in their respective counties. 

She noted that transparency and accountability are the bedrock of the FARA program and expressed hope that the remaining counties are included in the near future.

The Liberian Health Minister plea with the USAID for the continuation of project in the Country, which she said has made significant impact in the Country’s health system.

However, she pledged President George Manneh Weah’s willingness to working with USAID and other friendly partners for the common good of the Liberian people.

Earlier, Jessica Healey, USAID Health Representative, who chatted via video call, thanked the MOH team for the tremendous work in making the partnership a success and pledged USAID’s commitment to the project.

Madam Handley praised the six counties for the implementation of US$6.2 million which was signed last year June and expressed anticipation of  effectuated performances.

.In addition to reimbursement, she noted that USAID gives different technical assistance including a small financial package that the county health team can apply for to address some challenges encountered in the implementation process.

In separate remarks, CHOs of the six beneficiary counties thanked USAID and the MOH for the continuation of the project and pledged to do all for its successful implementation.

Signed: _______________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH