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Don’t take COVID-19 for joke

-Ivorian Ambassador to Liberia warns

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The Ivorian Ambassador to Liberia FeniKouakou, warns members of the Ivorian community here and Liberians to keep observing all health protocols against the new coronavirus to stay safe.
He notes that the virus poses serious threat globally and the only way to contain its continuous spread is to practice all of the health protocols prescribed by health authorities.
“COVID 19 is not a matter to be taken for joke; it’s serious matter that requires a collective effort whether you are Ivorian citizens or not”, says Ambassador Kouakou.

He spoke over the weekend at the Ivorian Embassy in Sinkor, Monrovia during distribution of assorted food items, including rice, soap, clorox, sardine, face masks and hand sanitizers, among others to members of the Ivorian community in Liberia and some older Liberian citizens who reside near the embassy.

The Ambassador puts total cost of the items donated as over $ US10, 000, which he says is the Ivorian Embassy’s way of identifying with the Ivorian community here, and citizens living around the embassy compound in the wake of lockdown and State of Emergency.
Ambassador Kouakou says as a direct representative of the Ivorian government to Liberia, it was pleasing to join hands in helping the Government of Liberia by complimenting its efforts in identifying with everyone within its borders amidst the lockdown to fight this deadly virus out of the African continent and the world at large.

“As everyone of you are aware of the serious threat this virus has posed to the world, therefore, I want to encourage Ivorian citizens who are residing in Liberia, and Liberian themselves to continue to practice all of the health protocols that are being prescribed by health authorities in Liberia; by doing this we believe it will help in [stopping] the spread of the virus.”

He says considering the nature of the pandemic, many families are going through difficulties, and orphanages are among the most vulnerable thus, the intervention is to bring some relief to members of the Ivorian community thru the food distribution.

Receiving the donation, the Chairman of the Ivorian Community in Liberia, Mr. Lagee Laurent extols the Ambassador and his staff for the kind gesture, which he says is highly appreciated.
“Mr. Ambassador, as you may know during any critical – whether health or conflict times the person that reaches at your door steps is a person that have feeling for you; against this, we want to thank you for your speedy intervention”, Chairman Laurent expresses on behalf of his fellow countrymen.

A resident of the 17th Street community, Ms. Victoria Weah, who is one of the beneficiaries, thanks the Ivorian Embassy for thinking about them, saying, “I’m over plus happy to be receiving these food items from the Ambassador.

Imagine since the President told us to be at home not a single official of government had made any form of donation; this is the first and may God bless these people for having us in their mind.”

Madam Weah calls on national government and humanitarian organizations in Liberia to emulate the Ivorian Embassy by coming to the aid of people in desperate situations in these critical times.Liberia has recorded 152 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 18 deaths.
By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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