By: Abraham Kollie (Correspondent)
The Government of Liberia and Carter Center through its rule of law and access to justice project on Wednesday June 17,2020 launched a joint inclusive community health and COVID-19 response program in Kakata, Margibi County.
The program which is being held under the Theme; ‘Strengthening the Capacity of Traditional and community leaders,to advance and implement good health practices including the COVID-19 preventive measures” brought together traditional leaders across the five electoral Districts in Margibi County.
Speaking at the official launch of the program, Internal Affairs Minister, Varney A. Sirleaf, admonished the participants to cooperate and support the government and Carter Center in combating the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Minister Sirleaf further encourage community dwellers to take ownership of the program and battle against COVID-19.
“We’re here to talk it to our people, Margibi County shouldn’t be a ‘clustered or hot spot’ community. If you follow government’s health protocols, many others will follow.”He said.
He expressed gratitude to President George Weah for his pledge to provide one million masks which were locally produced by the Liberia Tailor Union for use by various Communities.
“COVID-19 can infect anyone, it’s not sickness for officials of government alone. Community leaders are agents, let’s keep owning the fight against COVID-19; with God all things are possible.” Minister Sirleaf explained.
Meanwhile, Margibi County Superintendent , Jerry Varnie is at same time encouraging stakeholders in the county to join the government and Carter Center in the fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
He added that, the ministry of health (MOH) and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) cannot do it all; thus calling on participation of every Liberian.
“The health ministry cannot do the fight against COVID-19 on its own; we all need to join the fight against the virus if we must live a better life in our country.” Superintendent Varnie explained.
In response, Hon. Peter Y. Barnyu, head of Margibi Traditional Elders Council, assured the Liberian government and Carter Center of their fullest commitment and support to the program.
“We fought and defeated ebola virus and therefore, we can still do the same.” He added.
Fo his part, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, lauded Carter Center for the initiative and promised government fullest support to the program.
The Liberia Information Minister further outlined experiences from his sick COVID-19 bed at the 14th Military hospital in Margibi County.
Minister Nagbe further encourage liberians to follow all health protocols and report all sick patients in their Communities promptly.