In a drive to buttress Government effort in creating the necessary awareness on the danger of the Corona Virus and to as well support preventive initiatives admits the global virus crisis, The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Monday, February 17, 2020 donated sanitary and other hand washing materials to the Liberia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Commission (WASH) at its 18th Street office.
The items which include about 36 big hand washing buckets, hand paper towers and other sanitary items were graciously received by the WASH-Commission.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony Monday the IOM’s Country Coordinator Mohammeh Clerif Diallo pledged the UN agency collaborative support to preventing the virus from entering Liberia.
“It is a collective effort as such we will work with all relevant agencies to help the process”, Mr. Diallo noted.
He said it is time to raise a massive awareness about the virus due to the fragility of the sector.
The IOM official encouraged the WASH commission to ensure that they place the hand washing materials at strategic areas placing emphasis on rural and the most needed people and communities.
Receiving the items, the Chief Executive Officer of the WASH-Commission Bobby Whitfield lauded the effort of the IOM which he noted was timely and meaningful to the Government and people of Liberia to their current awareness exercise.
Currently, he stressed that since the launch of the “Clean-Hands-Preventing The Virus Campaign tow weeks ago”, The Commission has received an overwhelming cooperation from the public including President George Weah , which he added is commendable.
“We appreciate everyone for following the preventive measures as we urged you to continue” the process, Mr. Whitfield uttered.
The WASH boss pointed out that there is no time for complacency as such they will work in creating more awareness about the virus noting that Liberia will not take chances in preventing its people from the killer virus.
Mr. Whitfield promise to place the materials in strategic areas to ensure people make maximum use of the Hand Washing process.
According to Executive Director of the WASH-Commission Salia Kamara the Commission has now re-enforced its awareness exercise in various communities with a focus of encouraging all Liberians to comply with the preventive measures.
He said they have a robust task force team in various communities and other public places who are spreading the campaign wide and large adding that the donation is key in said direction.
In brief remarks Dr. Salomon Compaore, IOM Health focal person for Liberia used the occasion to warn all Liberians to follow all prevent measures against the corona virus.
He acknowledged that the virus is dangerous as such more awareness and other health related measures are needed nothing that the people’s involvement and corporation is important.
Corona virus is a large group of viruses that are common among animals.
The virus can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold.