The Director of Communications at Liberia's Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) Madam Agatha T. Thompson has identified with hundreds of residents in the Lapazee Community, Airfield Sinkor-Monrovia.
The Communications Director over the weekend donated buckets, Clorox, Dettol and powder soap as her initial contribution towards the fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic otherwise known as COVID-19. Making the donation, Madam Thompson reminded residents that a healthy community is a safe community hence, they should keep practising the World Health Organization (WHO) approved preventive measures which include: regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs, avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Madam Thompson cautioned the beneficiaries not to accept the myth that black and young people are immune from coronavirus but should rather avoid risky behaviours that has the propensity to endanger lives. Director Thompson pointed out that her given has absolutely no political string attached but purely out of love and kindness for humanity. She lauded the efforts of the Liberian Government for swiftly setting up measures in tackling COVID-19 but noted that citizens have a pivotal role in helping to defeat the virus.
Receiving the donated items, Mr. Alexander Shannon - a prominent resident of Lapazee community applauded Ms. Thompson for her unsolicited kind gesture to the needed. Mr. Shannon expressed that he and the community aren't surprised of Thompson's goodwill exhibited. "She has been working tirelessly for the upliftment of not just Lapazee community but low-income communities in and around Monrovia for years", Alexander Shannon averred. Mr. Shannon calls on other Liberians to identify with those in need as the coronavirus poses both health and economic implications.
According to the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health since March 16, 2020 to date, a total of three confirmed cases have been recorded, two hundred and fourteen (214) contacts have been listed, 28 high risk and 116 low risk as well as 70 pending classification. Fortunately, all cases are alive and currently in isolation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. WHO stated that common signs of infection include: respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Already, over 13,000 patients have died from the Covid-19 respiratory illness worldwide and nearly 300,000 patients have tested positive overall.
The government of Liberia has urged all to remain calm as health officials continue to trace all those infected persons came in contact with.