As the Government of Liberia lobbies for support in the current fight against the deadly Corona virus pandemic, a private insurance company here, Society Africa Re-assurance or SAR donates US$50,000 to the Ministry of Health towards combatingthe virus.
Making the donation last Friday at the ministry in Congo Town, Acting Managing Director Philip Cooper, said the gesture is intended to enhance government’s efforts in the COVID-19 fight.
Mr. Cooper said his company operates in 12 African countries and has since maintained close partnership with Africans.
He said SAR provides insurance coverage for security institutions, including the elite presidential Executive Protection Service, the Liberia Immigration Service, the National Security Agency and the Ministry of Health, respectively, adding, the board of directors of SAR deems it necessary to contribute to the fight against the virus.
He said having insurance contracts with the government, SAR is under moral obligation to assist the government during this critical health crisis, which has overwhelmed the country and the world at large.
Mr. Cooper encourage Liberians to respect all health protocols, especially, social distancing, observing that while driving to town, he saw most Liberians still not respecting the social distancing, something, he noted could contribute to high increase of new cases.
He called on the government especially, the Joint Security to be more robust in enforcing the health protocols.
“Our brothers and sisters that are in the market places should respect the social distance. I think government should create more awareness to the people. It is very dangerous at this stage for people to still disrespecting the social distance. When you visit the various market places, you think things are normal but things are not really. The Ministry of Internal Affairs should come up with schedules of how marketers can sell based on the schedules,” the SAR executive suggested.
Receiving the donation on behalf of government, Liberia’s Health Minister, Doctor Wilhelmina Jallah thankedthe SAR management for the cash donation and encouraged others to follow suit.
Doctor Jallah said bulk gathering of people is a serious recipe for spread of the Corona virus.She appealed to everyone within the borders of Liberia to adjust or observe preventive measures in ensuring a successful fight against the global pandemic.
She disclosed there are global appeals for supports to African countries to help boost health sectors on the continent to vigorously fight the COVID-19.
The Health Minister also urged residents to continue washing their hands, keep social distance, wear protective masks and have hands washing stations in place everywhere.