The German NGO, Welthungerhilfe (WHH) discloses plan to embark on COVID-19 intervention in Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, River Gee, Sinoe and Maryland counties, respectively, southeast Liberia to support the Government of Liberia’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
According to a press release, River Gee, Grand Gedeh and Maryland share borders with neighboring Côte d’Ivoire, which has reported 1,912 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 13th.
It notes that increase in the number of cases across the border poses a serious threat to inhabitants of the southeast.
Welthungerhilfe through the WASH Pillar of the National Incident Management System (IMS) is currently carrying out pilot distribution of hand washing kits, including 25 liter buckets, chlorox, powder soap and mixture measurement guide to several households in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, ahead of a large distribution exercise of over 6,000 hand washing kits targeting all 58 communities.
Apart from the distribution of hand washing kits in Grand Gedeh County, the institution is also renovating the roof of the Rally Town Hospital in Grand Kru County and restoring piped water system at the isolation unit in Fishtown, River Gee County.
Additional works at the Fishtown hospital include plans to drill a borehole and repair the isolation unit, which was constructed by Welthungerhilfe during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
At the same time Welthungerhilfe clarifies that the distribution of hand washing kits in Grand Gedeh County and the renovation activities at the Rally Town Hospital in Grand Kru County are supported with funding from the German government and the European Union, saying that it is not the initiative of an individual as is being speculated in social media and other media platforms.
“Welthungerhilfe’s initiatives are to support the Government of Liberia’s COVID-19 response during this difficult time through different pillars at the national IMS. Welthungerhilfe donated three used vehicles (2 Renault saloon cars and a hard-top 4×4 Toyota Land cruiser) to scale up surveillance and contact tracing.”
The release further discloses in coming days, Welthungerhilfe will support the airing of approved jingles in all five counties in the southeast through the Risk Communications Pillar of the national IMS.
Since the declaration of state of emergency by the Government of Liberia, Welthungerhilfe, formally German Agro Action (GAA) has distributed over 6,000 hand washing kits to communities in Montserrado and Margibi counties.
Besides, it has renovated a 52-room dormitory at the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia, to be used by the Ministry of Health as a COVID-19 quarantine facility.
Welthungerhilfe will also equip the facility with household items for use by quarantined persons.As a long-standing partner of the Government and people of Liberia, Welthungerhilfe is committed to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Press Release