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Arround the Country: Updates from Sinoe, Margibi, Bong,Grand Cape Mount &Maryland Counties

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Bong County: Court Prevents COVID-19

Employees of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga are urged to abide by all COVID-19 health protocols.

People visiting or doing business with the Court have to strictly adhere to all the preventive measures, according to Bong County Attorney, Jonathan N. Flomo. He was speaking at the opening of the May Term of Court on Tuesday, May 26.

They were also encouraged to constantly wash their hands, wear face covering and practice physical distancing.


Sinoe County: Tacking Rumors

The county’s risk communication team is intensifying community engagements on rumors circulating about COVID-19. The spread of rumor heightened after the county superintendent was discharged from the treatment center.

Superintendent Lee Nagbe Chea, who tested positive for COVID-19, was recently released amid chants from residents that “there’s no coronavirus in the county”.

Hosea Smith, the risk communication lead, said his team is keen on sensitizing the communities about the preventative measures.

“Engaging communities at this time is essential because the health of the people is the county health team’s concern; therefore, the risk communication team will do her best to ensure that citizens adhere and follow the preventive measures,” Smith assured.


Margibi County: Concerns Over the Numbers

The total number of confirmed cases appears to creating a state of confusion for the Margibi county Health team. The National Public Health Institute’s latest update indicates that the county has 25 confirmed cases, but the county Health team says it has recorded 21 confirmed cases instead.

James Varnie, head of the community health department, said NPHIL added four confirmed cases to Margibi County’s data without consulting the county.

Varnie said the four cases were confirmed around the EBK military barrack yet the county has no information on these cases.


Gbarpolu County: Boost for WASH

Workers testing the only hand pump at the hospital after carrying out some repair works | Photo by: Henry Gboluma, Jr.


Jallah Lone Hospital in Bopolu has welcomed the rehabilitation of the only hand pump which has been down for over three years.

The rehabilitated hand pump was turned over to the main referral hospital on Tuesday, May 26.

“Getting drinking water and water for cooking of inpatients’ food has not been easy for us here, but with this pump, we are now relieved of water scarcity,” said Sao S. Zor, administrator of the hospital.

The county health system is currently grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic after recording six cases.


Grand Cape Mount County: Getting Ready

The newly established COVID-19 emergency preparedness committee has revealed plans for the training of contact tracers and establishment of call centers. The committee is looking to be one step ahead in the event of a suspected or confirmed case.

Additionally, the David Straz Technical College of the University of Liberia located in Sinje, Garwula District has been identified as isolation center.

As a way of empowering the media to create more awareness about the pandemic, the committee has donated a 2.5 KVA generator to Radio Cape Mount and Radio Piso.


Maryland County: Index Case Released

The County Health Team on May 25 discharged the county’s COVID-19 index patient from its temporary isolation center in Harper City after a month, Dr. Methodius George, County Health Officer, told reporters Tuesday.

Currently, the county has no confirmed case, according to the National Public Heath Institute recent data.

Meanwhile, in an effort of re-enforce preventive measures, the County Health Team has concluded a week long case management training for clinical health workers of J.J Dossen Hospital, Pleebo Health Center and Kalorken Health Center.

 

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