JACKSONVILLE, Sinoe – The Sinoe County Health Team is launching a COVID-19 community outreach awareness across the country.
Launched over the November 28 weekend in Jacksonville (35 km away from Greenville), the exercise is being conducted with financial and technical assistance from German aid group Welthungerhilfe.
Zinneh K. Kpadeh, Welthungerhilfe’s monitoring and accountability officer, although the aid group mostly works on livelihood programs in the southeast, it has partnered with the various county health teams during this health crisis to support the government in awareness and prevention control at the community and district level.
He called on community dwellers to serve as ambassadors and to take the messages of regular handwashing and all other COVID-19 health protocols seriously.
Hosier G. Smith, who is responsible for communications and health promotions in Sinoe, urged the public to continue to abide by health rules as COVID-19 appears to be making a slight comeback in Liberia.
“My people, Coronavirus is real and no one has declared that it is over. Please be on the safe side and continue to take the preventive measures,” he said.
The indoor program that was held at the Jacksonville Clinic conference room brought together over 65 participants, including traditional leaders.
In a related development, Welthungerhilfe has also distributed materials across the county meant to assist in COVID-19 prevention. Those items include handwashing buckets, soap, and fuel, and were distributed to ministries and agencies, transport unions, and some private and public facilities.
Darius Geeplay, Sinoe’s health services supervisor, thanked the organization for its support, but added, “We are also calling on them not to forget about the promise made to us concerning the construction of the referral hospital. We trust them and we hope that our message goes across.”
COVID-19 is making a comeback in Liberia, with the National Public Health Institute of Liberia reporting that on Dec. 2, there were 222 active cases in the country, with none in Sinoe yet. Active cases had reached as low as 24 on Sept. 11. Over the over eight months of the pandemic reaching Liberia, there have been a total of 1,663 cases, with 83 deaths.
Featured photo by Teahwleh Geeplay