In an effort to curtail the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus, Liberia’s Vice President, Jewel Howard-Taylor, has donated 2000 Rapid Test Kits to several health facilities in the country.
The donation includes 1,200 test kits to the Bong County Health Team, 400 test kits to the JFK Medical Center, and 400 test kits to the ELWA Hospital.
According to the VP’s office, the Rapid Test Kits are intended to help medical practitioners test patients for COVID-19 before providing medical services to avoid situations in which non-COVID infected patients are denied medical services.
Receiving the medical supplies on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of JFK Hospital, Dr. Jerry Brown, and Madam Marthalyne G.N. Freeman, Deputy Nurse Directress of the ELWA Hospital, separately thanked the Vice President for always reaching out, especially during this period of crisis in the country.
Dr. Brown and Madam Freeman, who termed the donation as timely, assured the Vice President that the items donated would be used for the intended purpose.
During the donation, the Vice President expressed her gratitude to all of Liberia’s international and local partners who are engaged in this fight; including the US government, who on July 25, 2021, announced the donation of 302, 400 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine for Liberia.
She further reiterated the need for protective actions by all citizens as a means of stopping the spread of this disease, with a call on all Liberians – “EACH ONE TO SAVE ONE” by following the health protocols.
She also stated that the Rapid Test Kits will also help in the protection of medical professionals as they make the necessary sacrifices in providing medical services to the Liberian people.
The donation is the Vice President’s second contribution to the fight against COVID, as she continues to explore avenues to beef up the government’s efforts.
It can be recalled that in 2020 the Vice President provided food rations to more than 2000 disadvantaged girls throughout the nation and procured oxygen tanks to several hospitals, including the 14th Military Hospital.
About a month ago, the United States issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Liberia, highlighting the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections and warning potential visitors not to travel to Liberia.
In the last 14 days, Liberia has recorded approximately 181 active cases as the government continues to enforce safety measures, including mandatory social distancing, wearing of masks, reducing public gatherings, amongst others.