Amidst the pronouncement of the third confirmed Corona Virus case in Liberia, Impact Girls Liberia in collaboration with Young Africans Gender Equality and End Stereotypes Initiative YAGEES and the YALI RLC Liberia chapter launches a Corona Virus Sensitization and Awareness Campaign.
The campaign is aimed at creating alertness and Sensitization on the reality of the existence of the Virus, its effects, spread and preventive measures in simple massages through visual aids and local vernaculars.
The initiative is expected to take place in seven (7) densely populated communities in Montserrado County of Liberia. These communities are Logan Town, West Point, New Kru Town, New Georgia, Duala, St. Paul Bridge and the VOA community.
Janet Ricks, the project coordinator of the women led organization (Impact Girls), and a 2017 YALI RLC graduate is the lead campaigner of the initiative.
In an interview with YALITV, She said many Liberians are still living in doubt and denial of the Virus thereby jeopardizing many lives and risking the country to potential increase of the Corona Virus Disease.
“This awareness campaign will help our people to be informed of how contagious and deadly the virus is. We are going to explain step by step all the preventive measures that have been recommended by the Center for Disease Control CDC and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia”. Says Janet.
Liberia which confirmed her first COVID-19 case on March 16, 2020, have so far recorded (2) two others cases increasing the number to (3) three.
The virus which was said to have entered the country (Liberia) when a senior government official Mr. Nathaniel Balma, the head of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency, returned from Switzerland and was tested positive according to a statement by Information Minister Eugene Nagbe.
It can be recorded in 2014; Liberia was hit by a similar deadly virus called the Ebola virus EVD that took away approximately 4,810 lives in the country due to unpreparedness and the complacency of citizens.
Based on the confirmed cases, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health has declared a national health emergency for 21 days. Discouraging large gatherings of more than 10 people.
By Musu W. Davis
YALITV Liberia CCC