The Economy Community of West African State (ECOWAS) through West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) have donated a consignment of medicine and other medical items to the Ministry of Health to be use in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The donation was made at the Ministry of Health compound in the oldest Congo town by ECOWAS Ambassador. Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo.
During the donation ceremony the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS Commission to Liberia said, the supplies are gift from the heart of ECOWAS chief of authority and WAHO the specialized health institution that have been playing a coordinating role to the ministry and all health ministries within the sub-region.
According to Ambassador Ajisomo, the donation of the medical supplies to the government of Liberia, and all ECOWAS states within the region is to combat the spread of the deadly Coronavirus disease which has since become a global pandemic.
The items donated by the ECOWAS Ambassador include; Azithromycin, Chloroquin phosphate, personal protective equipment (PPE) among others.
Ambassador Ajisomo further noted that the move of WAHO to donate the items was prompted by ECOWAS mandate which seek to promote the well-being of the people of its communities as such ECOWAS will do everything in its reach to prevent member states from becoming a high burden and inflated region.
However, Mr. Ajisomo maintained that WAHO is working very hard to ensure that member states that are low burden with the virus does not become high burden countries until the virus is terminated.
The ECOWAS Ambassador also called on Liberians and residents of all ECOWAS member states to go for testing and adhere to the health protocol as provided by the government.
The Minister of health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah receiving the items extended thanks and appreciation to the ambassador of ECOWAS and WAHO on behalf of President George Manneh Weah whom she believed has been an active participant in helping to gather these drugs and medical supplies to the people of Liberia.
According to Minister Jallah , WAHO have been showing its significance to the people of Liberia through difficult and trying times- in war, in human capacity building, in information sharing , and many other good works.
She further assured ambassador Ajisomo that the donation received will be turn over to the Case Management team as the lead in the fight to curb the spread of the virus in the country.
Meanwhile, Minister Jallah used the occasion to caution citizens who are afraid to seek treatment at health facilities and are going to smaller drugs store, praying bands, traditional herbalist, and other places should desist.
Dr. Jallah noted that most people often sit and allow the situation to get worse before seeking proper medical attention at which time according to Minister Jallah is most often too late.
The minister further stressed that the disease is not like Ebola. “This other sickness comes with coughing, sneezing, bitter taste, stuffy nose, and difficulties in breathing which is the last state and many people will wait up to this point before rushing to the testing center or nearest health facilities”, she said.
The minister on the other hand, frowned at healthcare workers that are refusing to tend to ordinary patients who have gone to seek medical attention at health facilities.
Meanwhile, Minister Wilhelmina Jallah inclosing also added that people should observe the social distancing protocol because, there have been series of reports from the media about communities transmission received by POC due to smaller communities gathering.