World Bank Provides 20 Ventilators to Help Liberia Tackle COVID-19

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By: Afecia Leticla Gbeway

The World Bank has donated 20 ventilators aimed at helping Liberia in the fight against COVID-19.

World Bank Representative at the donation ceremony said the ventilators are also part of the US$17 million budget that was given to the Government of Liberia by the World Bank to respond to the fight against the Coronavirus in the Country.

The Bank said their aim is to ensure that lives are safe by building the health system in the Country.

Health Minister, Dr. Willimena F. Jallah said the ventilators will be distributed to treatment units, major health facilities to provide the necessary need to people of Liberia.

She appreciated the gesture of the World Bank on behalf of her Ministry and government of Liberia as she stressed that the ventilators given will be well maintained.

According to her, there are technicians who are trained to properly use and maintained the machines, naming the Biomedical services and also the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in making sure it’s well maintained. The Health Minister put the total value of the Ventilators at US$699,5000.

Dr. Jallah has however cautioned Liberians to keep the social distance practices, wearing masks and washing of hands to ensure Liberia wins against the Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Gbehzohngar Findley, who was also in attendance, lauded the World Bank in helping the people of Liberia and stated that the ventilators will go a long way in the health sector.