Written by Angel Morris and Paul M. Kanneh
As efforts to curtail the spread of Coronavirus continue by government and other international partners in Liberia, the Council of Patriots (COP) have deemed it worthwhile to join the fight by ensuring more sanitary materials are distributed across the country beginning with the Capital City.
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Youth Wing of the COP unveiled and presented assorted hygienic materials including buckets, nose masks and chlorine for hand washing purpose to the National Association of Forex Exchange Bureau of Liberia (NAFEB) as initial contribution to stop the spread of the global pandemic (COVID-19).
Making the disclosure at Roots FM Office on Ashman Street, the Chairman of the Youth Wing of the Council of Patriots, Ben Togbah said the sanitary materials were their own way of helping to stop the spread of the virus. The COP put the cost of the materials as over LD$200,000.00.
The Youth Wing Chairman of the COP said, in times like this it is good to identify “with the vast majority of the people by ensuring they have access to basic supply of hand washing materials and other hygienic materials.
In times like this, we stand in solidarity with the Liberian people, and standing with the vast majority of Liberian is very much essential to COP”, said Chairman Togbah. According to him, since the outbreak of the virus, the COP Youth Wing has been basically engaged in conducting awareness across the country-ensuring people observe the preventive measures put into place by health authorities.
He stated that following the spread of essential preventive messages by the Youth Wing, they group deemed it necessary to procure some hygienic materials and distribute in various counties starting with Montserrado. “We thought it was good to go beyond spreading preventive messages, and donate materials to our people to help them stay safe”, he emphasized.
The tough talking COP Youth Wing Chair said the materials will be distributed among street sellers, marketers, taxi drivers and community members in District 5 & 6 in Montserrado County, noting, the exercise is intended to cover the 15 counties of Liberia, particularly to vulnerable communities.
He said the COP believes that one of the primary ways to prevent the spread of the virus is to observe social distances and avoid unnecessary crowded areas, while at the same time observing the washing hands measures, because the simplest way to transmit disease is through closed bodily contacts.
The COP Youth Wing executive cautioned Liberians to wash their hands often, and wear nose masks while going in public. He noted that wearing nose mask will help minimize the spread of the killer disease.
Speaking on Government’s decision to lock-down the country, Chairman Ben Togbah said the COP welcomes any measure intended to prevent the spread of the virus, but such measures should cut across everyone and should not be selective.
“Locking down the country is very important, but there should be consideration for everyone regardless of status”. He emphasized that the exercise should not exclude restaurants and hotels run by foreigners.
Meanwhile, the COP Youth Wing has challenged the Government of President George Weah to increase funding support to the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to enable the entity fight the Coronavirus, nothing $700,000 is immaterial.