Mercy Ships Donates Assorted Medical Supplies To MOH

(Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, January 27, 2021) As part of partnership with the Government of Liberia and the Ministry of Health for the protection of healthcare workers in Liberia, Mercy Ships Wednesday, January 27, 2021 donated assorted Medical Supplies to the Ministry in Congo Town.

The mix Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) included 74,300 pieces composed of 16,800 surgeon/nurse caps, 8,000 N95 filtering face piece masks, 14,500 examination gloves, 16,000 isolation gowns, 2,200 goggles and 16,800 pairs of shoe-covers.

“On behalf of Mercy Ships international, our board, Africa Bureau, International Support Center and national offices staff, crew and volunteers of the Ships, it is my privilege as designated Mercy Ships Country Director for Liberia to complete the donation handover of Personal Protective Equipment from Mercy Ships,” Keith Brinkman, Mercy Ships Country Director to Liberia said during handover of the donation to Minister Wilhelmina Jallah at the Minister of Health in Monrovia.

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic last year, Mercy Ships had made earlier donation of PPE to the Ministry of Health consisting of 13,600 of pieces of assorted medical supplies.

“I also express our appreciation to the MSC Foundation for their donation of shipping and port coordination and their partnership with Mercy Ship since 2011. Also thanks to the contracted services of OBT shipping here in Liberia for clearance,” Keith Brinkman, Mercy Ships Country Director to Liberia noted. “Similar shipments were sent to 10 other partner nations including Benin, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo”.

The PPE is designated for distribution by the Ministry for the ongoing battle to continue medical care and keep the health care workers safe.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the government and people of Liberia, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah acknowledged the numerous contributions by Mercy Ships International since the outbreak of the noxious Coronavirus pandemic, describing it as a milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

Dr. Jallah, earlier, lauded Mercy Ship international for including Liberia among nations in the sub-region to benefit the donation which will guarantee the fight against the COVID-19.

“On behalf of the president, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, head of the sparkle team, who oversees the COVID-19, we appreciated the last gift you sent to us and it was to continue the fight against COVID-19. We are happy that you are able to provide all of these other materials us as well as our neighboring countries to continue to fight COVID-19. Everything that have been received here today will be used for its intended purpose—to protected the healthcare workers and to fight this virus,” she said during the donation.

Deliberating further at the one hundred thousand United States dollars ($100,000US) donation, the energetic Minister noted: “Also since we have move on from –COVID-19 to integrating the fight into routine health care, we will be able to supply all of our different facilities with materials to protect themselves, not only from COVID but from any other pending emerging infections that will come into the system, as the days go back.”

The donation which is aimed at enhancing workings of health workers at various facilities across the country, will not only benefit them (health workers) but will indirectly benefit populace in general: “We really appreciate what you have sent and I am sure that the rest of the population will benefit indirectly because as it goes to the facilities, our health workers will be fully prepare to do their job,” she concluded.

Signed: ________________________________

           Felecia Gbesioh

           Director of Communication, MOH   

GOL. Breaks Ground for State of the Art Hospital in Bopolu City

(Congo Town, Monrovia, January 22, 2021)—The government emphasis on rebuilding Liberia’s health system with the construction of more health facilities that meet universal standard remains one of its major priorities among its many agenda.

To fulfil this endeavor, the government of Liberia Thursday, January 21, 2021, broke grounds for the construction of a modern state of the art one hundred bed rooms hospital in Bopolu city, Gbarpolu.

The hospital project, which will further enhance infrastructural development in the health sector and increase access to quality health care service delivery in Gbarpolu and its surrounding Counties, will also have an area of 52,000 square feet with all modern facilities including urgent care department, diagnostic department, operation theater, mother and child department, NICU and intensive care department, internal medicine and pulmonology department etc. Its major source of energy will be solar energy.

The gigantic project which is expected to be completed in fourteen months by the Intbox Global UAE-based Horizontal construction company through the Government of UAE is a gesture of goodwill as a result of the outstanding bilateral relations between the Government of UAE and Liberia respectively. It holds the humanitarian values and universal brotherhood cherished by the government of U.A.E and its commitment to the people of Liberia.

Breaking official grounds for the milestone project was Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health, who lauded the government of U.A.E. through the intervention of H.E. President George Weah for contributing to the country’s health sector.

Giving the capacity of the project, the Minister told the people of Gbarpolu that there will be more healthcare workers in the county unlike its current size of about 263: “Today is a great day for all of us—to see Gbarpolu County becoming host of a regional hospital, where people will come from other counties for quality services. As a result of this, we will make sure we increase the numbers of current healthcare workers, 263, in the county—we will triple it or make it more”.

She beseeched the people of the county and the region to serve as ambassadors of the hospital for its maintenance and said H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah and government places major emphasis in the sector and is doing everything possible to help improve it for the benefit of the larger population.

“If this hospital will last longer it depends on you the people of this great county. Step up to your plate; do your part and the partners will do theirs which will bring in more hospitals in the Country”, the Health Minister urged her people in brief remarks.

The County since its existence will for the first time benefit from such unique health care infrastructure which will immensely help residents of the region with accessible health care services.

Also part of the delegation was Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister for Health Service and Chief Medical Office of the Republic of Liberia who then acknowledged the support of his immediate boss, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, all line ministries, the Superintendent, and the County Health Team, the Women leadership of Gbarpolu; most importantly the Islamic School that captivated the two-member delegation.

As part of the agreement, the government of Liberia through the Ministry of health has already secure USD 5M drugs which is currently in the Country, disclosed Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Health Minister.         

Also during the ground breaking ceremony was Wesseh Blamo, Deputy Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, who thus far commended the partners and the locals for their initial willingness and commitment to the project.

The Deputy Minister of State boss said over three thousand people are expected to benefit from the historic Health care project upon full completion in 2022.

In remarks, the Project Director and Consultant, Dr. Rajeer Mangottil underscored that the objective of the project is to among other things make health care accessible to people living in the Western region of Liberia, which is a major part of the government of UAE Humanitarian agenda.

Signed: ______________________________________

            Felecia Gbesioh

            Director of Communication, MOH

MOH Begins Review and Development of National Community Health Policy

(Congo Town, Monrovia, January 22, 2021)—The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health (MOH) has begun the process of reviewing and developing its current community Health Assistant (CHA) program and strategic plan (2016-2021).

The current CHA program policy and strategic plan, which is expected to expire in June 2021, will pave the way for the on-going revision of the 10-year curriculum.

The first stakeholders’ engagement meeting leading to the formulation of seven (7) thematic groupings was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Careysburg, Lower Montserrado County.

The review process is aimed at strengthening the formulization and institutionalization of the community Health Assistant program that will continue to provide quality primary healthcare services to nursing program which will provide basic health promotion and healthcare activities to people living within the reach of the nearest Health facilities and urban communities.

“Today, we brought together key divisions and programs at the Ministry of Health including some key implementing partners as well as stakeholders to initiate and to fund technical working groups into thematic areas.

“We have been able to establish seven (7) thematic groups ranging from governance, leadership and community engagement; human resource for health; service delivery supply chain management; logistic, supervision and training; community base information System and Health Financing”, Olasford Wiah, Director of community Health Services Division, explained during the opening of the one-day long meeting.

“The intent of this is for each thematic group to review the existence policies and innovation that we had have over the past years—lessons learned. Those thematic groups will come up with a clear situational analysis, develop recommendation for the new policy and strategy.

“First, the policy has been able to develop recommendation of the strategy. So this thematic group will look at this through and develop the policy and strategy so the current strategy we worked out will be expiring this June, 2021. This means that we have to develop a new policy and strategy before the end of June.”

Commenting further on the official launching of the new curriculum, Director Wiah revealed that upon completing the document, the MOH and its partners will officially launch it (document) in November of this year at an international symposium in Liberia.

“We are expected to launch this new curriculum roadmap in November of 2021 at the International symposium that will be held here in Liberia”

The new curriculum formation is being supported and implemented by various organizations including World Bank, Global Fund, Samaritan’s Purse, IRC, and partners in Health.

Other supporting and implementing organizations are USAID, Last Mile Health, and others.

The orientation meeting gathered health stakeholders, Ministers, Programs and Divisions Heads of the Ministry of Health; Representatives from World Bank, World Health Organization, Samaritan’s Purse, etc.

Signed: ______________________________________

            Felecia Gbesioh

            Director of Communication, MOH

MOH, Partners to Begin ‘Typhoid’ Vaccination Soon

(Congo Town, Monrovia, January 22, 2021)—The provision of quality healthcare service delivery remains paramount concern of the Ministry of Health (MOH), although outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus earlier last year has impeded fabrics of the sector. But the Ministry’s commitment to the health need of Liberians cannot be over emphasized.

In this vein, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and its partners in the health sector have embarked on plans gear towards vaccinating children across the Country with typhoid vaccine.

Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella typhoid bacteria. It is still a serious health threat in the developing world, especially for children.

The Ministry and partners will commence the four-day typhoid vaccination campaign in the Country beginning February 24 to 28, 2021.

The vaccination is expected to target children between nine (9) months to fifteen (15) years old in the fifteen counties of Liberia.

“Parents please take your children who are from 9 months old to 15 years to the nearest vaccination sites, clinics or hospitals for the typhoid vaccine”, Lahannah Ville-Jawara, Coordinator for Health Promotion at the Ministry, said during a media briefing.

During the campaign, vaccine will be given at special locations in communities and at clinics or hospitals, which citizens will have free access to so as to minimize the rate of typhoid fever in the country, according to Mrs. Jawara.

According to her, the Ministry in collaboration with its partners has developed simple typhoid messages which will be played on various communities’ radio stations for publicity.

“We are engaging stakeholders including the Medical and Dental Counsel, the Marketing Association of Liberia, Crusaders for Peace, the Traditional Counsel, among other groupings to create massive awareness on this upcoming vaccination campaign”. We believe they will motivate mothers to take their children for the vaccine,” she opined. 

Also speaking was William T. Gaye, who attributed delay of the campaign to the Coronavirus outbreak. He said they have already started engaging different sectors in educating parents about the importance of the vaccine: “due to the outbreak of the virus we decided to pause the exercise. Now, we have resumed it.

People with typhoid can have several signs and symptoms including persistent fever, general body weakness and sweating.

The disease can be spread fast through facial-oral route (Saliva, Kissing), using unclean hand when eating, using contaminated utensil, unclean environment where rats, roaches, live in the home or community.

Signed: ______________________________________

            Felecia Gbesioh

            Director of Communication, MOH

Lion Club’s Governor Lossou G. Hermann Djibom Visits Dr. Jallah

(Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia, January 19, 2021)—In an effort to enhance corporation and collaboration in the Liberian Health Sector, the District Governor for District 403A2 of Lions Club International, Lossou G. Hermann Djibom has paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah. 

The Lions Club District Governor’s visit to the Minister’s office is aimed at reviewing health projects implemented by the organization, undertaking two (2) new projects to include malaria and sickle cell, as well as identifying challenges faced by the Country health sector for amicable intervention. The visit is also geared towards strengthening collaboration and heightening cooperation between the Ministry and the Lions Club for the sole purpose of building resilient health care system for all, and to also buttress government’s efforts.  

The Lion Club International has been partnering with the Government of Liberia through the Ministry, particularly, in the areas of healthcare delivery as its way of contributing to the Country’s Health system and humanity. It is one of the biggest not-for-profit charity Organization in the world that seeks to meet the humanitarian needs of local communities especially the blind, the visually impaired, and the underprivileged through direct services to communities.

In supra, the organization has initiated several projects in the country’s health sector including renovation of the Government Hospital Eye Center in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, equipping of the Eye Clinic at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, among others. 

Making remarks during the visit, Governor Lossou G. Hermann Djibom named malaria, sickle cell and other diseases as leading diseases in the West African region that need serious attention by stakeholders, which the organization has decided to make immediate intervention.

Governor Djibom, who is a progressive Melvin Jones Fellow with five (5) diamonds, told Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah that, following an assessment by the Lion Club international, additional two projects (investment in malaria and sycosis control) have been considered to be implemented under his organization. “Under this mandate we have decided to add two additional projects: Malaria and sycosis. You know intense of tropical diseases in the sub-region, these two diseases are most important. So it is important Lion that focuses on these two diseases.”

Before his departure to Lomé, Togo, he is also expected to tour the Liberia Government Hospital Eye Center in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and the Eye Clinic at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.

Welcoming Governor Djibom and delegation, Dr. Jallah lavished praises on Lions Club International for its numerous contribution to the country’s health system amid outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Minister said the implementation of major projects in parts of the Country by the Lion Club International are welcoming initiatives that have been appreciated by Liberians, naming the renovation of the Government Hospital Eye Center in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and the equipped Eye Clinic at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. 

 “On the line of the eyes, the people of Liberia really appreciate all that have been done by the Lion Club, especially the new eyes services at J. F. K. I am sure the people of Grand Bassa County are taking full advantage of the state of the act equipment were placed there,” Minister Jallah, who is egger to improving the Country’s health system, said. “I am very pleased to hear about the new project, especially in the line of sycosis which I have a passion for.”

The Minister made the statement on January 19, 2021 at the Ministry of Health in Congo Town

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”.

Signed: ________________________________________________

            Felecia Gbesioh

            Director of Communication, MOH

Min. Jallah Dedicates County Health Team Office

Liberia’s Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has officially dedicated a newly constructed county Health Team office in Sinje, Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County.

The new county health office dedicated yesterday, December 22, 2020 will host health officers assigned in the county and effectuate free flow of administrative communication between the county and the Health Ministry. The one hundred eighty thousand United States Dollars ($180,000.00USD) project was funded under the Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA) project. 

Speaking on behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Health, Dr Wilhelmina Jallah said: “On behalf of my boss, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah and the Ministry of Health family, I want to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Louise Mapleh, Program Manager of the USAID sponsored Project, and her team that worked diligently to make sure that this project become a success”.

She praised the Almighty God for sparing lives of Liberians during these trier times of the Coronavirus pandemic: “we want to also thanks the Almighty God for seeing this day; He is able to make us seeing this day despite the spread of the virus.

Acknowledging series of projects, which are expected to be dedicated by the Ministry in many parts of the Country, Dr. Jallah  said collaboration and corporation from citizens is the bedrock to achieving any development goal.

She urged resident of Sinje to serve as ambassadors of the facility for its safety and maintenance and work with assigned health workers at the Health Center for its smooth functioning “We put our people in your hands for you to take care of them”.

She also hailed the people of Sinje and Liberians at large for the resilience demonstrated in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Jallah, however, reminded them to bear in mind that Covid-19 is not yet eradicated and urged all citizens to keep heeding health protocols instituted by the Ministry to the pandemic.

The Health Minister said she was exceedingly happy to visit that part of Country to dedicate such a huge project that will provide quality health service delivery in Grand Cape Mount and its environs.

In separate remarks, the people of Sinje Lauded the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health for constructing such office in the County

Signed:_______________________________________

          Felecia Gbesioh

         Director of Communication

 

COVID-19 TESTING PROTOCOL FOR TRAVELERS

The purpose of these guidelines is to protect Liberia from the further spread of COVID-19 and to limit the spread Of COVID-19 from Liberia to other countries. All travelers must wear a mask during transit and upon arrival in Liberia. All non-exempt* incoming and outgoing travelers will be tested for COVID-19 in Liberia. The testing fee is US$75. This fee will be used to support the costs associated with the COVID•19 outbreak response, e.g. testing, case investigation, contact tracing, and data management.

EXEMPT TRAVELERS

All arriving diplomats and their families and honorary consuls are exempt from testing. The exempt status does not apply to Liberian diplomats without foreign assignment. In lieu of testing, all exempt incoming travelers MUST present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the airport in Liberia. The result must be from an accredited lab and must have been conducted within 96 hours of arrival in Liberia. Children under five years of age are exempt from all COVID-19 testing.

HOW TO CHECK FOR COVID-19 TEST RESULTS ONLINE

Incoming and outgoing travelers can check online for their COVID-19 test results at http://www.liberiacovidresult.org 2 to 3 days after their testing sample was collected. To check test results online, travelers must enter the unique identification number they were given when their test sample was collected + their year of birth.

IN-COMING TRAVELERS

Pre-Arrival

1. Before arrival, exempt and non-exempt travelers must complete a Health Screening Arrival Form via the Liberia Travel application (“Lib travel app”):

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Apple Store link: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lib-travel/id1537552090

2. Travelers must pay US$75 for the cost Of COVID Testing. It is highly recommended that travelers complete the payment process prior to arrival. (Anyone experiencing problems with the app will receive assistance at the airport.)

Arrival

1. All incoming travelers must wear a mask upon arrival and will have a mandatory temperature check and their symptom screening forms will be reviewed.

2. Travelers must show proof of payment and completion of the symptom tracker form. Travelers who did not pay the testing fee prior to arrive must pay at the IJBA banking window and provide a proof of payment before testing.

3. The National Public Health Reference Lab team will test all non-exempt travelers for COVID-19. Travelers should ensure they provide correct contact details and will receive a unique identification number to retrieve their test result online.

4. Exempt travelers who do not provide a valid negative COVID-19 test result will also be tested upon arrival.

5. Travelers who test PCR positive for COVID-19 will undergo treatment based on Liberia’s case management guidelines.

6. It is strongly recommended that ALL INCOMING TRAVELERS stay home for 7 days andself-monitor their symptoms via the Lib Travel app for a period of 14days, beginning the day after arrival in Liberia.

7. Voluntary testing will be available at the airport free of charge for exempt travelers, if desired.

8. Cabin Crew, Captains, Flight Engineers and First Officers:

A. All cabin crew, captains, flight engineers, and first officer with layovers less than 48 hours will be exempted from testing if they complete pre-boarding testing per their airline’s policy and comply with symptom screening procedures while in Liberia.

B. On arrival at the airport, cabin crew captain, flight engineers, and first officer will complete screening and proceed to their designated flight crew hotel.

C. Crew, captains, flight engineers, and first officers with layover of more than 48 hours must follow the testing protocols below before departure.

OUTGOING TRAVELERS

1. All non-exempt departing passengers must present certification of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test that was conducted by Liberia’s National Public Health Reference Laboratory within 3 days (72 hours) of their flight. Results of tests that were conducted more than three days before their flight will not be accepted.

In order to receive test results in time for flight departure, passengers must be tested at the Union Center 3 days before their scheduled departure. For example: If their flight leaves on Friday, travelers should be tested at Union Center on Tuesday prior to their flight.

2. COVID-19 testing is available at the Union Center located in Sophia, Congo Town, Monrovia from 9 am to 4 pm, 7 days per week.

3. All duly accredited Diplomats and their families are not required to test for COVID-19 upon departure. However, testing will be available at the Union Center free of charge for exempt travelers if requested. The exempt status for diplomats does not apply to Liberian diplomats without foreign assignment. PLEASE NOTE: Although the Government of Liberia does not require exempt outgoing travelers to be tested for COVID-19, airlines may nevertheless require proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from all travelers prior to boarding the plane regardless of exempt status.

4. ALL travelers are encouraged to register at http://liberiacovidtravel.org prior to arrival at the Union Center. To register, select “Request a Travel Certificate” and fill out the requested information. Travelers should ensure they provide correct contact details and will receive a unique identification number to retrieve their test result online.

5. All non-exempt outgoing travelers are required to pay a COVID-19 charge of US$75 either online when they register at http://liberiacovidtravel.org OR at the UBA window at the Union Center.

6. Travelers with a negative test result can request their online certificate-at http://libeiracovidtravel.org.

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 

 

Dr. Jallah Praises Partners, Liberians for Collective Fight Against COVID-19

Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has praised local and International partners as well as Liberians for being corporative and supportive in the fight against the fatal Coronavirus since its outbreak early this year. “The Cordial Corporation and support from both our local and international partners as well as our citizens have heightened collective front in the combat against the virus,” Dr. Jallah praised.

The Minister asserted during a turnover ceremony of a huge medicine consignment donated by Partners in Health (PIH) to the Ministry Health on Monday, October 5, 2020, at the Ministry in Oldest Congo Town. The approximately US$5000.00 worth of medical supplies includes Tubes, Microcentrifuge, pipette tips, filters, pre-sterilized screw cap tubes, among others. These items will be taken to the Central Medicines Store (CMS) for onward distribution to various Government’s health facilities across the Country.

Acknowledging the numerous contributions made by PIH in three of the Country’s fifteen counties to buttress government’s efforts in providing accessible and quality health delivery for all, which is also enshrined in PIH’s manifestos, Dr. Jallah said: “On behalf of the President, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah and the entire Incident Management System (IMS), we want to extend our profound gratitude to Partners In Health (PIM) for its assiduous and unremitting partnership with the Republic of Liberia, especially the works they are doing in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado Counties, respectively. we are happy that you have identified with us once more, and we hope that you continue this collaboration and corporation so that we can make Liberia’s health system better.”

If the country is to be declared free of Coronavirus pandemic, the Health Minister believes it needs more consolidated efforts from the public, despite the uncomfortable conditions associated with the health protocols instituted by the Government. These are all startling measures that are associated with this pandemic which the public should continue to abide by for their safety and the safety of others. Let’s keep following all of the preventive measures being instituted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Liberian government, the Ministry’s statement quoted Dr. Jallah.

The Minister used the occasion to also thank the PIH for the donation and emphasized the importance for others to follow suit; to enhance government efforts to provide accessibly and quality health delivery for the Liberian populace, which is a primary goal of the Ministry.    

 Earlier, Partners In Health Director of Policy and Partnership Ashley Damewood, while handing over the donation to the Ministry, extolled Dr. Jallah for her shrewd leadership role-play during these difficult times logged in the history of the Country. “Minister Jallah, on behalf of Partners In Health’s leadership team, I want to appreciate you for your tireless contribution to serving the people of Liberia. We are so grateful for the continued partnership, and I am proud to present this on behalf of my team. Thank you again for your strong leadership in these difficult times,” she added.

Ashley Damewood said: “We are striving to establish a model campaign for Universal Health coverage—which means we should be able to reach every patient, every case, and contact. And the key to our strategy is helping the Ministry diagnose testing, and we have brought some critical supplies that are needed at the national Reference Lab. It is also our way of contributing and participating in the IMS structure. We worked with our global teams to mobilize these resources, and I hope that this will enhance cordial testing to prevent transmission of Covid-19 in Liberia.” 

The PIH’s donation is aimed at supporting the Incident Management System’s pillars in most testing strategy which will enhance diagnostic and general contact tracing across the country.

Signed:_______________________________________________

Felecia Gbesioh

Director of Communication

 

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.