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Around The Country: Updates From Six Counties – June 26, 2020

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Gbarpolu County: Fight Covid-19 with ‘Seriousness’

Anthony Yarsiah, commissioner of Bokomu district, says locals must follow all the health preventive measures | Photo By: Henry Gboluma, Jr.

Commissioner Anthony Yarsiah of Bokomu district has called on residents to “attach seriousness” to the fight against the coronavirus disease.

“This is why we have joined the district health team to reinforce the message so that our people cannot feel weak about this virus,” he said. “Let all of our people know that COVID-19 is affecting our district.”

Mr. Yarsiah added: “It’s about time we keep wearing our masks, washing our hands and applying all health protocols in all towns and mining camps to enhance the fight against this corona in Liberia.”

The commissioner spoke to reporters  at his Gungba town office after a district tour.

Bokomu is one of the three administrative districts of Gbarpolu County’s electoral district three that has one health facility with several mining camps.

The county’s incident management system has asked 34 people to self-quarantine at their respective homes in the district after they came in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

The county currently has 10 confirmed cases, two deaths, and five people have recovered from COVID-19.

Sinoe County: Learning About Land Use

The Liberia Land Authority with support from the Liberia Forest Sector project ended a day long dialogue training in Greenville. The training was intended to dialogue on land use planning.

Tom Wesley Korpor of LLA said the training was intended to educate citizens on how to plan properly and do  inventory on how their land has been used over time.

He said information gathered during the training will be filtered by the LLA and later return to the community for validation.

During the training, participants were put into groups to sketch a map of Greenville Commonwealth district.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Budee Saydee, head of people living with disabilities in the county; and Mary Saryenneh, Commissioner of Butaw District, appreciated the organizers for the training and asked that same be held in other parts of the county.

Grand Bassa County: Police Urged to Wear Mask

Officers of the Liberia National Police in Grand Bassa County have been ordered to always wear their mask and ensure those seeking the police intervention at the stations and depots must also have on their mask | PhotO By: Elton Wrionbee Tiah

The county commander of the Liberia National Police, Saikor Freeman, has ordered all his officers to wear face mask while on duty.

He also encouraged them to make ensure that people taking complaints at the police station must also be wearing their masks before they are attended to.

“I have told my officers to ensure that everyone entering the police Stations wear nose mask because it is part of the President’s mandate,” he told reporters in Buchanan.

Freeman stressed that he will not rest until “everyone entering the police station and depots in the county make it their duty to wear nose mask”.

Bong County: Fear of Economic Hardship

The county’s motorcycle union president, Sam Elliot says the extension of the State of Emergency (SOE) by additional 30 days will increase hardship on ordinary citizens in the county.

Elliot said with the current economic situation in the country, the President’s decision will greatly affect struggling citizens who are unable to get a daily meal.

He wants the government provide food for poor communities and healthcare workers during the extended SOE.

Meanwhile, the county surveillance officer Emmanuel Dweah is concerned that the county might have more confirmed cases because citizens are not adhering to the COVID-19 preventive measures.

Dweah is worried that health workers are at the most risk of contracting the virus due to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other needed equipment at various health facilities across the county.

In another development, Police in Gbarnga have called on citizens and residents to wear nose mask before leaving their homes.

The county Police Commander Fredrick Nappay said, “No one must leave their house without a nose mask; no motorcyclists must be running a traffic without a nose mask, one person must be carried by a motorcyclist without a mask.” He warned that violators will be detained and made to pay a fine to the government.

 Grand Gedeh County: Importance of IPC

Leemu William Sumo of the health services division said health clinicians’ role during pandemic is very important in minimizing the spread of the virus.

Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s county health services division has cautioned front Line health workers of Grand Gedeh County to apply the new standard precautions while providing care for patients.

Leemu William Sumo of the health services division said health clinicians’ role during pandemic is very important in minimizing the spread of the virus.

Ms. Sumo, who spoke at the just ended Infection Prevention Control Trainers of Trainers workshop, pointed out that IPC is a global standard that must be followed by all health workers because it helps strengthen the health system of every country.

“We need to always empower our clinicians who are the direct front line health workers during pandemic,” she said.

Maryland County: ‘Fish Rogue’ Arrested

The community Policing forum of Halfman Station Community in Harper has arrested and reported to the police, a 27-year-old man, who allegedly stole one cartoon of dry fish worth L$10,000 from his Mother-in-law.

According to the mother in-law, Moses Prowd and her daughter have two children, but he does not cater to the children.

“I give God the glory for bringing him to light, what’s he has been doing in darkness, it has come to light,” she said.

Some members of the community alleged that Prowd usually steals in the community and “this is the time for God to expose him to the Public”.

Jacob Kumah, Assistant Commissioner of the Police in Harper, appreciated the community for reporting the case instead of taking the law in their hands by engaging in mob justice.

He also called on other communities to emulate the example of Halfman Station Community.

Prowd was charged with theft of property, the police said, and has been sent to the Harper Court for prosecution.



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