Health Minister Lauds Rotary Clubs for Contribution to COVID-19 Fight

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Dr. Wilhemina Jallah (sixth from right) presented the hand washing station donated by the Rotary Clubs of Liberia to RIA

-For donating hand washing station to RIA, other supports to the health sector

Health Minister Dr. Wilhemina Jallah Health has lauded the Rotary Clubs of Monrovia, Sinkor and Gbarnga for their collective project of hand washing station at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), something she said will further boost the fight against COVID-19.

Accepting the hand washing station from the Rotarians and turning same over to Bishop John Allen Klayee, Managing Director of Liberia Airport Authority, Dr. Jallah said the Rotary Clubs in Liberia are great partners in the COVID-19 fight and their contributions have no boundaries.

“This is just one of the many good things you have done and continue to do. We are grateful that you sacrifice huge sums of your money to make impact in the lives of many other people and institutions,” she said.

Dr. Jallah said the Rotarians’ presentation of the handwashing station is a great milestone because RIA is the point at which COVID-19 entered Liberia in March of 2020, with risk factors still prevalent.

“I learned that the one or two hand washing stations you are using here are not working well and are inadequate to serve all of the travelers and those who escort them, but with this coming in, there will be some relief by making sure people continue to follow the health protocols,” she said.

Dr. Jallah added: “This will continue to remind our people including our foreign guests and visitors that Liberia still takes the fight against COVID-19 seriously, knowing that the world is yet to be freed from the claws of this infectious disease that has taken away many lives and impoverished more people around the world.”

She noted that Liberia’s Rotarians purchased and donated to the ELWA Hospital an Oxygen worth U$100,000, and since the outbreak of COVID-19 that instrument has helped to stabilize many patients.

“Everything you are doing is not going unnoticed. This government headed by His Excellency President George Manneh Weah appreciates your interventions and it is our prayer that God rewards you in many folds,” the Health Minister said.

Earlier, Dr. N. Gorpu Dolo Dennis, the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, said his organization takes passion in selfless service to country and people, and their donations are not for praises or rewards but humanity.

“We have been there with the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute since the outbreak of this virus, and we will continue to support the efforts of the both institutions in order to have Liberia freed of COVID-19,” Mrs. Dennis said.

Francis Tarpeh, President of the Rotary Club of Monrovia, said their joint and collective effort aimed at erradicating COVID-19 shows that there is strength in unity working together as a family.

“We are one big and great family. We believe that giving out what we have to others in so much helps us make the world a better place,” he said.

Tarpeh noted that their focus is not about attaching cost to what they make available but the impact their donation makes.

Bishop John Allen Klayee, Managing Director for Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), appreciated the offer and termed it as a “Gift arriving at the RIA in a very timely way.”

Klayee said he will work with all at the RIA to ensure that health protocols, mainly hand-washing is done properly.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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