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Around The Country: Updates From Five Counties – July 1, 2020

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Grand Bassa County: Timely Support 

A staff of Concern Worldwide presents the key of the vehicle to an official of the Grand Bassa County administration

The County Health Team has received a vehicle from International NGO, Concern Worldwide, to support the Incident Management System response against COVID-19.

The Coordinator of Concern Worldwide for Grand Bassa and River Cess Counties, Saidu Mansaray, said the donation came following a request from the County Health Team to repair two ambulances and also provide a vehicle for their operation.

Dr. Anthony Tucker, County Health officer, thanked NGO for the donation, adding that they have been hoping to get a vehicle since the beginning of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Matthew Joe, District #3 lawmaker, said he will be launching a L$3 million loan program in the county by July 11 to help struggling marketers hit hard by the pandemic.

“Look, our people our suffering and so I have decided to launch a 3 million dollars loan program to help the marketers,” the lawmaker said.

“I will also take it to plenary so that the government can speed up with the help for the marketers.

Bong County: Students Urged To Follow COVID-19 Preventive Measures 

Bong County Education Officer, Armah Varfee, speaking during an event in Gbarnga

Bong County Education Officer, Armah Varfee, has called on students to follow every regulation in the health guideline to promote a healthy teaching and learning environment.

Rev. Varfee said all schools must complete the curriculum for grade 12th because WASSCE curriculum changes every five year to enable students take the exams.

He disclosed that the Ministry of Education health has put in a robust monitoring and supervision mechanism across the county to ensure strict adherence to the mandate articulated in the health guideline.

He said the resumption of classes for 12th graders may eventually lead to re-start of classes for others based on the health advice.

He applauded administrators of public and private schools, parents, teachers, and communities for working along with the Ministry in various capacity to ensure 12th graders return to school.

For their part, several principals of schools in the county vowed to enforce government’s COVID-19 health regulations at their respective schools.

The principals urged the Ministry of Education to implore every effort that will ensure the completion of the academic 2019/ 2020.

Grand Gedeh County: Giving Back To Alma Mata

The Zwedru Multilateral High School Alumni Association has presented an assortment of academic materials to the school.

The materials include a heavy duty multi-functional canon printer, 25 cartons of A4 sheets and two sets of textbooks for WASSCE, among others.

Tepenty Young, a representative of the alumni, said the over US$2,000 worth of items were purchased by alumni in the USA. He said the items were to be presented during the school’s gala anniversary, but it was called off due to the pandemic.

Principal Wiah Bohlen said the materials came when the school is mostly in needed, adding that with the donation of WASSCE materials there are prospects of improvements in the school’s regional exams result.

Gbarpolu County: Enhancing Covid-19 Awareness 

In an attempt to adequately informed community members of one of the most populated mining towns in Gbarpolu County, a prominent son of the county has joined the county health team to carry out public awareness about COVID-19.

Paul Kennedy, a Public health expert who is a Ph.D. candidate, held an awareness meeting in Henry Town on June 30, reminding community members to keep following all health regulations.

He said, “One of the best things that this community allowed my family instilled in me is education, so during this health crisis, it is incumbent on me as a public health practitioner to come back and join the health team to amplify the messages approved by the government and partners.”

Mr. Kennedy reminded the community about the threat of COVID-19, adding, “our cases in Liberia are increasing every day. Even in Gbarpolu, the health workers are struggling to deal with the threat this virus continue to post.”

“So, please do not take this disease for r joke, it is real, so please continue to wash your hands and stop doubting the existence of this virus and stay safe to tell the story tomorrow, ” he said.

Making remarks at the closed of the event, the Town Chief of Henry Town, John Gopon, thanked Mr. Kennedy and encouraged people of the town to abide by the health protocols.

“You and me, actions will win the fight. So, nobody is protected until the coronavirus is defeated,” he said.

Grand Cape Mount: Learning How To Report SGBV

A three-day Sexual Gender Based Violence training has kicked off in Grand Cape Mount County to help 25 journalists in the county how to report on SGBV during the pandemic.

The training is part of the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative that is being implemented by the Female Journalist Association of Liberia, FEJAL.

FEJAL President Siatta Scott Johnson said the project is being implemented in five counties.

She added that Grand Cape Mount County has had several SGBV cases and there is need for more awareness by local journalists.


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