— Meets Residents in Careysburg and Todee Districts
With an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and followed the direction of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia’s preventive methods, the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) at the University of Liberia, has extended its national community outreach awareness campaign to hundreds of residents in Careysburg and Todee Districts, Montserrado Country.
The outreach which was held on Friday, July 3, 2020, was to help create the needed awareness of the disease in communities and to ensure that government information on COVID-19 is effectively disseminated.
Prof. T. Debey Sayndee, Director of the KAICT, speaking at one of the community awareness events at Careysburg City, said the aim was to help people in communities understand and observe the various preventive protocols to stay safe.
He told residents of Careysburg City that Liberia was taken aback, having come through 14 years of civil war, hit by the Ebola of 2014 and now as (if we are just about to sit down again we got hit by the worldwide pandemic, the coronavirus.”
This, Prof. Sayndee said, is most unfortunate that especially for Liberia as a developing nation and relatively weak as “We are, especially the comparison to the health system of major countries that have had this situation and what it has done to them.
“And this is even very severe for us. We want to say it has been pleasing to say that the government and its partners have done very well in their responses to this strange pandemic, but we also noticed that there is a complete gap in the fight and that gap is the community involvement.”
According to him, no matter what is done at the Ministry of Health level and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, if communities do not observe the protocol and get involved in the fight by observing and taking care of themselves, all of those efforts will yield no result.
He maintained that the measures put in place by health authorities in the country will mitigate the spread of the virus when observed.
The denial syndrome, Prof. Sayndee told the community dwellers, is one key factor undermining the effort against the COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia.
Prof. Sayndee, therefore, called on the residents to sustain the community sensitization program that would help to educate the people to stay safe of the pandemic.
He appealed to the people to adhere to all the preventive protocols and restrictive measures put in place by the government to contain the further spread of the virus in the country.
“So on behalf of the KAICT at the University of Liberia, we have come here today to bring this appeal to you, and we are going everywhere to carry out this awareness. We particularly selected Montserrado and Margibi Counties because these are the epicenter of the disease and we want to reach every community in those counties to create this awareness.
“We are targeting 17,000 individuals to get them as foot soldiers in the fight against Covid-19. If 17,000 of us can recruit said number one by one, the message will reach where it is supposed to be and Covid-19 will be a history where we all will get back to our normal life,” he added.
At the end of the awareness and to complement the government’s efforts in building resilience in vulnerable communities, reducing the impact of crises such as COVID-19, the KAICT donated several preventive materials valued at US$6,500.
Earlier, Montserrado County Statutory District Superintendent, Lester Binda, commended the KAICT and its members and for the initiative and called for more support and collaboration to expand the education program to all communities in the District.
He said the donated items will be used for its intended purpose.