Fifty (50) participants from various national associations and federations, and coaches and sports directors from the Inter-School Sports Association (ISSA) including officials from the local governing Olympic body participated in two separate but simultaneous workshops/seminars for coaches and administrators.
The workshops were held on Saturday, February 27 at the Apostolic Foundation School, located at Airfield Junction, adjacent Vamoma House. They were organized by the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) in furtherance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sponsored COVID Awareness Campaign.
The facilitators of the workshops were Mr. Adolphus Kante, Director, Montserrado County Health Team, Ministry of Health and Mr. Kesselee Kanneh, Assistant Director, Bureau of Sports, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Mr. Kante taught on the topic: Causes and Prevention of COVID 19 within the contemplation of sports, and he began with the class comprising coaches and administrators from federations and associations.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kesselee lectured on the Bureau of Sports COVID 19 Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to a class filled with coaches and sports directors from ISSA.
Mr. Kante told participants that the Novel Coronavirus, (also known as COVID-19), is one of the viruses that cause illness coming from a common cold with the signs and symptoms of fever, coughing, running nose, etc.
He averred that when these signs and symptoms are discovered, these must be treated because early treatments stop the spread of COVID 19. The virus, according to him, can be spread from person to person — when a person comes in contact with an infected person through coughing, sneezing or touching.
He cautioned the participants to be aware that the virus can also be contracted from objects and other things around them, such as clothes, any metals — door handles and other objects that people frequently touch.
He encouraged coaches and administrators to educate their players to sneeze or cough inside their elbows, carry on regular hand washing with clean water and soap as well as use hand sanitizers before and after practices or matches.
For his part, Mr. Kanneh informed the participants that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Youth and Sports following consultations with the Ministry of Health drew up a guideline for all federations and associations. The guidelines include the regular taking of the COVID-19 test by athletes and officials, to ensure that the existing facilities for sports participation are sanitized and that hand washing facilities are made available with the necessary accessories for the safety of those participating in the events.
Both lecturers praised the IOC and LNOC for the workshops, stressing that those campaigns are necessary and should be held bi-annually for coaches, administrators, athletes and support staff.
Before Saturday’s workshops, on Friday, February 26, the OIC COVID-19 Awareness Campaign kick-off with visitations that were to the New Hope School of Health Sciences and the National Institute of Professional Studies, located at Point Four and Caldwell respectively.
At both Institutions, Mrs. Wislyne Sieh, officer-in-charge of Kpallah Clinic at St. Paul Bridge informed the students that COVID 19 is a pandemic that requires the observance of all health protocols to be observed because the disease is ravaging the world and as upcoming health practitioners, they must join the fight to observe and disseminate the health protocol issued by the Ministry of Health.
She also advised them to always ensure that before and after administering treatments, they should always observe proper safety measures.
Meanwhile, the LNOC donated several buckets, hand sanitizers, temperature meters, hand gloves, detergent powders and other sanitary materials to both schools. Mr. Daniel Goffah, Dean of Students of New Hope and Frank Kettor, Administrator of National Institute of Professional Studies received the donations and in separate remarks thanked the IOC, LNOC for donations made at various Institutions and promised to use the donations for the intended purpose.
These presentations were made by the LNOC Vice President Cllr. Sylvester Rennie. Also in attendance were Mr. Fred Pratt and Boic Corvah, Secretary-General and Treasurer of the LNOC. They also hope that the IOC will organise other programs of such for others around in the leeward counties.
The IOC-COVID 19 Awareness workshop continues this Saturday, March 6, 2021, as well as the sensitization on the prevention of the virus in the communities and sports facilities.