The Incident Management System at the Ministry of Health and Last Mile Health are currently conducting weeklong community engagement and awareness activities across several counties in Liberia.
The rigorous awareness targets all districts in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Rivercess, and Grand Gedeh counties.
A press release from the Ministry of Health says a total of sixteen (16) teams are being mobilized to work with community leaders and the Montserrado County Health Team, while four teams from the rest of the counties are now in full gear to ensure public awareness.
The awareness focuses on the distribution of 500,000 locally made face masks to community leaders, school authorities, the Liberian Marketing Association, and civil society organizations.
The Minister of Health and Chairperson of the Incident Management System, Dr. Wilhelmina S. Jallah, lauded Last Mile Health for its timely support to the Risk Communication Pillar.
Dr. Jallah said the launch of the ‘Mask Wearing campaign” by Last Mile Health and the Incident Management System is inconsistent with the Government of Liberia, and the Incident Management System’s desires to ensure Liberians and foreign Nationals’ abide by the health measure of wearing masks to avoid the spread of the COVID-19.
She praised Last Mile Health for its tremendous support to the IMS, including other interventions in the Health system.
Also speaking, Last Mile Health Country Director, Madam Marion Subah stated that her organization remains committed to Liberia’s health delivery system, especially the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Madam Subah said Last Mile Health as part of the support to the Incident Management System, has allocated awareness support to other counties in which it operates.
The release says the ongoing exercise involves robust community engagement activities, including distribution of 500, 000 face masks, outreach activities using moving stage methodology, distribution of social behavior change materials on the Dos & Don’t of COVID-19 to ensure Liberia contains further spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19
Meanwhile, the Last Mile Health has presented two thousand sermon guides to the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, to aid religious leaders to enable them properly disseminate information on the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
The sermon guide provides guidelines and specific COVID-19 messages for religious leaders to disseminate to their various congregations, especially during the continued surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Receiving the guide on half of the Islamic Community, Imam Abdullah G. Mansaray, President of the Interfaith Religious Council, (IRCL) lauded the initiative by Last Mile Health and the Incident Management System to reach out to all across the country in its effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
Imam Mansaray stated that the Interfaith Religious Council will continue to be the beacon of hope amidst the continued despair of Liberians in the wake of the surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
He said the sermon guide will accelerate continued awareness on the Coronavirus pandemic by religious leaders in Liberia, through various sermons by both Christians and Muslims in Liberia about the danger COVID-19 poses to the health and economic growth of the world.
Imam Mansaray called on religious leaders to use the sermon guide as an important catalyst to changing the behavior of their various congregations’ attitude towards the fight of COVID-19 by abiding by all measures put in place by health authorities and the Government of Liberia. Press Release