COVID-19 IN LIBERIA: GOV’T DECLARES NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

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REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
P.O. BOX 10-9009
1000 MONROVIA 10, LIBERIA
WEST AFRICA

COVID-19: DECLARATION OF NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

IN THE WAKE OF THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC AND IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP OUR NATION SAFE, THE MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS DECLARED NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY. IN KEEPING WITH TITLE 33, CHAPTER 14 OF THE LIBERIAN CODE OF LAWS REVISED, KNOWN AS THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW, THE MINISTER OF HEALTH HAS DESIGNATED MONTSERRADO AND MARGIBI COUNTIES AS INFECTED AREAS, IN WHICH THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS WILL APPLY IMMEDIATELY AND REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR THE NEXT 21 DAYS:

  1. ALL SCHOOLS (PUBLIC AND PRIVATE), UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, COMPUTER SCHOOLS AN OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING ARE HEREBY ORDERED CLOSED.
  2. ALL BARS, NIGHT CLUBS, CASINOS, BETING CENTERS, CINEMAS, VIDEO CLUBS AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS ARE HEREBY ORDERED CLOSED. ALL BEACHES, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC, ARE HEREBY ORDERED CLOSED.
  3. CHURCHES, MOSQUES, RELIGIOUS CENTERS AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP ARE HEREBY ORDERED CLOSED.
  4. LARGE GATHERINGS, TO INCLUDE SPORTING ACTIVITIES, PARTIES OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE ARE HEREBY ORDERED BANNED; WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS WILL BE ALLOWED WITH NO MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE AND THEY SHOULD KEEP A DISTANCE OF SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER AT ALL TIMES.
  5. RESTAURANT SHALL ONLY ALLOW FIVE CUSTOMERS AT A TIME, WITH ALL CUSTOMERS KEEPING A DISTANCE OF SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER AT ALL TIMES. TAKE AWAYS ARE ENCOURAGED; COOKSHOPS SHALL ONLY ALLOW FIVE CUSTOMERS AT A TIME, WITH ALL CUSTOMERS KEEPING A DISTANCE OF SIX FEET FROM EACH OTHER AT ALL TIMES. TAKE AWAYS ARE ENCOURAGED.
  6. BARBER SHOPS AND BEAUTY SALONS ARE HEREBY ORDERED CLOSED. ALL PERSONS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE TO USE THE COMFORT AND SAFETY OF THEIR HOMES TO PERFORM PERSONAL CARE SERVICES.
  7. BANKS SHOULD ONLY ALLOW FIVE PEOPLE AT A TIME INTO SERVICE AREAS AND THOSE OUTSIDE THE BANK SHOULD KEEP A DISTANCE OF SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER WHILE AWAITING SERVICE.
  8. PUBLIC TRANSPORT: TAXIS SHOULD CARRY NO MORE THAN TWO PASSENGERS IN THE BACK, AD ONE PASSENGER IN THE FRONT; KEHKEHS SHOULD CARRY ONLY TWO PASSENGERS IN THE BACK AND THE DIRVER ALONE IN THE FRONT; MOTORBIKES/PEMPEM SHOULD CARRY ONLY NE PASSENGER.
  9. EXCEPT FOR CARGO, CHARTERED AND SPECIAL FLIGHTS, ALL COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS ARE HEREBY ORDERED SUSPENDED AS OF MONDAY MARCH 23RD AT 11:59 PM. THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND THE LIBERIA CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY WILL ISSUE THE APPROPRIATE NOTIE HENCEFORTH.
  10. ALL SUPERMARKETS AND LARGE STORES WILL ALLOW ONLY 10 CUSTOMERS AT A TIME, WHILE OBSERVING A SIX FEET DISTANCE APART EACH OTHER AT ALL TIMES. THOSE OUTSIDE SHALL REMAIN OUTSIDE AND STAND SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER WHILE AWAITING THEIR TURN TO BE SERVED. ALL BUSINESS ARE REQUIRED TO FIND INNOVATIVE WAYS OF PROMOTING SOCIAL DISTANCING.
  11. ALL HEALTH FACILITIES AND HEALTH INSTITUTIONS, INCLUDING PHARMACIES WILL REMAIN FOR ROUTINE SERVICES, WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE PRACTICES. ALL SAFETY RULES AND PROCEDURES AT HOSPITALS AND AL FACILITIES SHALL BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO
  12. MARKETS: THE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM WILL WORK ALONG WITH THE LIBERIA MARKETING ASSOCIATION TO IMPLEMENT THE REQUISITE PROTOCOLS FOR ALL MARKETS DURING THIS PERIOD. MEANWHILE ALL RESIDENTS AND MARKETEERS ARE REQUIRED TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING.
  13. RESTRICTIONS ON THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE IN AND OUT OF THE AFFECTED AREAS: ALL TRAVELS IN AND OUTSIDE THE MONTSERRADO AND MARGIBI AREAS ARE DISCOURAGED
  14. ABSOLUTELY, NO STREET SELLING BY BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN DURING THIS PERIOD
  15. MANDATORY HAND WASHING WITH SOAP AND CLEAN WATER IS HEREBY ORDERED AT HOMS AND ALL ESTABLISHMENTS, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE
  16. COMMUNITY DWELLERS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE REPORT PEOPLE WHO SHOULD SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS SUCH AS (COUGHING, FEVER, AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES TO RELEVANT HEALTH AND SECURITY AUTHORITIES. PLEASE CALL (4455)

OFFICIAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION ON THE COVID-19 VIRUS SHALL ONLY BE ANNOUNCED BY THE MOH/NPHIL AND MICAT

ALL CITIZENS, RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES

THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, AS HEAD OF THE JOINT SECURITY, SHALL ENFORE THESE RULES WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

TOGETHER WE CAN KICK COVID-19 OUT OF LIBERIA

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND IN THE CITY OF MONROVIA ON  THE 21ST OF MARCH 2020.

SIGNED:

WILHELMINA S. JALLAH, MD, MPH, CHES, FLCP, FWACP
MINISTER

5 COMMENTS

  1. Good move in the right direction, Dr. Jallah! You’re right, Covid-19 must go. The steps that have been outlined by you and the government are positive. Together, and with God’s unfailing love, (Coronavirus) which is public enemy number one, will ultimately be defeated. Oh yes it will, unless God is not on our side! Residents of Monsterrado and Margibi counties are on your watch list for the right reasons. I appeal to you. Please do not lose track or forget to sound alarm bells for the indigenous Liberians who have not the slightest idea of how contagious Coronavirus is. They need to be educated about this dreaded desease regardless of whether they live in the boondocks, villages, towns or cities.

    In the US, different methods of prevention are being done. For instance, instead of treating patients with the virus at a regular hospital, some buildings are being refurbished in order to care for the sick. In my humble opinion, that particular idea makes sense! So instead of treating the infected Coronavirus patients at JFK or let’s say J.J.Dossen hospital in Harper City, maybe the old Ministry of Education could be used for that purpose. Lastly, urge our people to wash their hands with lime, salt or soap in warm and clean water. Some of us are on our knees. I wish you well and the people of Liberia! God is in charge! Let’s do as the song says… “Look to the Lamb of God”.

    Peace

  2. Why Churches cannot remain open and observed the distance, and safety measures, remember Doctor Medication cannot Heal diseases. Only God can Heal. We are taking God for fun in this country ooo. Oh Liberian

  3. This action is just as good as ALL the good laws Liberia has on the books.

    Liberia’s problem is Liberians Do Not respect their own laws.

    I believe 99% of items listed in this declaration are Not Enforceable, very sad.

    —————–Bottom Line ———————

    Police officers around the world are called Law Enforcement Officers because they expect or force people to respect the laws.

    Unfortunately, police officers in Liberia Do Not know the constitution and laws to their finger tips. So, they cannot enforce the laws as they should.

    The Big Question is, if people do not follow these restrictions; what is the penalty?
    Second Question, how will you know if people are following these restrictions?

  4. Mama Jallah,

    Ask the government to put a special unit at your disposal to effectively implement all your safety guidelines.
    The common people are going to strictly abide by all you have said, but those disgruntled, pompous and uncouth government officials think that with power and money, all is permissible.
    Ask the president to put the Armed Forces of Liberia at your disposal to ensure our people stay safe, please!

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