Liberia's Health Minister. Dr. Jallah receiving COVID-19 intervention items donated by WHO from the WHO Liberia Country Representative, Dr. Peter Clement

 

The World Health organisation (WHO) has reached out to Liberia with interventions aimed at saving the country’s already over stretched health system from collapsing.

The West African country is currently battling to tame the COVID-19 as recent data emanating from the national Incident Management System (IMS) shows continuous increase in the number of confirmed cases, especially in Montserrado County, which hosts the country’s capital. This is happening at a time the country is struggling to keep down the incidence of Ebola Virus Disease.

The WHO, on Wednesday delivered a huge consignment of Infection Prevention Control (IPC) supplies and laboratory diagnostic kits to the Ministry of Health in Monrovia to strengthen the response to COVID-19 and improve preparedness to EVD. The supplies donated included diagnostic kits for COVID-19 and supplies for IPC in health facilities.

WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health with required technical and financial support to control the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring uninterrupted access to other essential health services.

Dr. Peter Clement, WHO Representative in Liberia who spoke on the need for the intervention said. “The current wave of COVID-19 pandemic is challenging to the already stretched health system in Liberia. However, I am optimistic that our collective efforts and support during this pandemic to improve testing and strengthen IPC measures will prevent further spread of COVID-19.”

Dr. Clement thanked the government of Liberia, especially the Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah for her leadership role in the prevention, containment and mitigation measures for COVID-19.

Receiving the supplies, Liberia’s Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah thanked WHO and all partners fighting together to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying, “I want to thank you Dr. Clement for your patience, I know the journey becomes frustrating sometimes, but WHO continues to provide us the needed guidance and support.”

 

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