The Cummings Africa Foundation has committed to give US$150,000 to the fight against the spread of the Delta varient of COVID-19 in the country.
Making the disclosure, Mr Alexander Cummings said he was pleased to announce that the Foundation is committing US$150,000 which is $25 million Liberian Dollars as their initial contribution to the fight against COVID-19.
“My fellow Liberians, I cannot ask you to do your part and notdo mine. At the Cummings Africa Foundation, we are doing all we can to do our part,” said Mr. Alexander Cummings, Founder and CEO of the Cummings Africa Foundation”.
Mr Cummings noted that the US$150k commitment doubles the US$75,000 the Cummings Foundation provided during the lockdown last year in food and household materials across the country.
He said the Cummings Foundation will continue to do what it can to help the people of Liberia during these difficult times, and will assist as best as they can to help the government in its response.
The ANC political leader went on to say that the Foundation is moving quickly to purchase and hurriedly provide to hospitals much-needed medical supplies like oxygen, drugs, masks, gloves, gowns, oximeters, cleaning supplies and hand-washing buckets to help fight the virus.
He also mentioned that at the Cummings Africa Foundation the approach is three-fold, saying; “First, we are providing support to public and private hospitals as best we can. The needs are many, and I know we cannot do it all, or alone. Our hands can only reach so far. But we are trying as best as we can to increase the current capacities of hospitals to respond to the increasing numbers of sick and infected people.”
Mr. Cummings said they will futher work with community leaders, civil society organizations, and the media to increase public awareness and messaging especially around prevention. They have already released a jingle, flyers with simple messages and are working on a skit for our community radio stations. As these are life-saving messages and public awareness campaigns, he called on the media, which he said has been very helpful to continue to do their part”.
Cummings also said he is of the conviction that the government bears the primary responsibility to lead this fight against the virus.
The Cummings Foundation CEO is also quoted as saying, “We are, however, trying to help the government succeed in this effort. And so, working with a broader team of experts, we will regularly update the government on what we are doing and recommend additional steps, as required, to be taken by the government to seriously fight the virus, stop the spread, and end the infections in the country.”
He at the same time disclosed that the Cummings Africa Foundation has provided oxygen for 50 tanks to Catholic Hospital and procured 20 tanks and 20 regulators for CH Rennie hospital to be delivered this weekend.
He urged Liberians that the Foundation and its employees are grateful to all health workers in Liberia on the frontline fight this deadly disease.
On behalf of the Foundation, Mr. Cummings extended his gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and medical support staff across the country, who continue to do their best in these times and under very difficult, if not impossible circumstances to save lives.
The ANC Political leader said the Liberian society is very low on trust and people do not trust each other. He said too many Liberians do not trust the government, and some people do not trust the opposition. He stressed that many people do not trust the vaccines as well, even as people are dying today, some people still do not believe that the virus is real.
He disclosed that he has seen and spoken to those at the frontlines fighting and doing their best to save people’s lives.