Kofi Anna Institute Launches COVID-19 Awereness in Hotspot Counties

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By: Emmanuel TJ Kollie (Intern)

The Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) in collaboration with patners has ended a day long workshop on the prevention of the coronavirus in Kakata, Margibi County.

KAICT is a specialized institute established by the University of Liberia in 2006 to serve as a centre of excellence for producing the appropriate human capital required for national recovery.

The training workshop was geared towards creating more awareness on the prevention of COVID-19 using a community-based approach.

The day-long event brought together over two hundred youths and community leaders from the five districts in Margibi county.

Prof. Debey Sayndee,  Director of KAICT,  said community-based approach is one of the surest ways to combat the disease.

According to Prof. Sayndee, if communities take direct ownership of the fight against the global pandemic, the battle will soon be over. Judging from Ebola experienced, the KAICT Director averred that communities and traditional leaders were instrumental in the Ebola’s fight, and as such their roles are significant to the fight.

“If we can jointly defeat Ebola, we can still do it to coronavirus,” he said.

He has at the same time admonished every Liberian to continue to adhere  to government’s health regulations. He maintained that the measures put in place by health authorities in the country, when observed will mitigate the spread of the virus.

The denial syndrome, Prof. Sayndee said is one key factors undermining the effort against the COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia.

“People are still denying the existence of the coronavirus, with all the devastating effects.To change people’s mindset means that government and partners need to do more by localizing COVID-19 messages,” he said.

The awareness according to him is targeting more than 16,000 inhabitants in both Margibi and Montserrado counties.

The training workshop was held at different venues in kakata with strict adherence to social distancing mandate.

In separate remarks, participants lauded the KAICT and partners for the training exercise and promised to carry anti-coronavirus messages in the communities.

As of June 24, Liberia has recorded over 662 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 290 recoveries and 34 deaths with Montserrado and Margibi counties been named as hotspot centers.

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