(Monrovia, Liberia, September 2, 2020)—the Ministry of Health (MOH) has received medical consignments of Human Insulin and Glucagon for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in the Country. The assorted medical supplies were donated by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, to help boost the fight against the noxious Coronavirus pandemic in the Country. Some victims of the virus suffer diabetes; therefore, the consignment will be sent to treatment units and other government medical facilities across the Country.
Human insulin is the name that describes synthetic insulin which is laboratory grown to mimic the insulin in humans, and glucagon is a medication and hormone. As a medication, it is used to treat low blood sugar, beta-blocker overdose, calcium channel blocker overdose, and those with anaphylaxis who do not improve with epinephrine.
Diabetes Mellitus (DM), commonly known as diabetes, is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by a high blood sugar level over a prolonged period. The unavailability of Insulin can lead to life complications as ketoacidosis, blindness, kidney failure, or heart attack.
The value of the consignments is put at approximately US$16,610.00 to be used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus in support of the COVID-19 strategic preparation and response plan (SPRP).
This donation, accordingly, is part of WHO’s efforts to ensure increased access to essential health services, including improved and more equitable access to health products.
Receiving the items on behalf of the government of H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah and the National COVID-19 Team, Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah thanked the World Health organization, AFRO, and partners for helping Liberia in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic since its outbreak in March. “On behalf of my president, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, I want to use this occasion to extend thanks and appreciation to WHO, AFRO, and partners for continuously supporting us throughout this fight.”
The Minister, who has been determined in the fight against the venomous Coronavirus, said that the PAR machine found in the package will be used by lab technicians for improving lab collection activities.
“These instruments are delivered for our diabetes patients—and it is also connected in line with those who’re venerable to COVID-19. The instruments will keep them and will keep their blood sugar normal. “We will distribute these instruments to various government facilities free of charge”, she vowed.
However, the consignments will be sent to the Center Medical Store (CMS) for safekeeping before its onward distribution across the Country.
Meanwhile, the WHO Country Representative for Liberia, Dr. Peter Clement, has reaffirmed the World Health Body’s ceaseless support and Commitment to the George Weah-led government, particularly in the health sector.
While turning over the medical items to the Ministry, he said: “I am very happy to turn over these items to the government and the Ministry of Health. This donation is part of the WHO assignment’s effort in the health sector. It is a global distribution, but this is particularly for Liberia. We appreciate the strong partnership co-existence between the Liberian government and us. we are proud to be part of this endeavor—an unprecedented collaboration.”