Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor continues to keep alive the country’s fight against COVID-19, as she donates 2,000 Rapid Test Kits to several health facilities. 

The donation includes 1,200 test kits to the Bong County Health Team, 400 test kits to the JFK Medical Center, and 400 test kits to the ELWA Hospital.

The Rapid Test Kits are intended to help medical practitioners test patients for COVID 19 before providing medical services in order to avoid situations in which non-COVID infected patients are denied medical services, according to a statement released by the Office of the VP. 

The Rapid Test Kits will also help in the protection of medical professionals as they make the necessary sacrifices in providing medical services to the Liberian people. 

This donation is Vice President Taylor’s second major contribution to the country’s fight against COVID-19, as she continues to explore avenues to beef up government’s efforts.

Receiving the medical supplies Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of JFK Hospital Dr. Jerry Brown and Madam Marthalyne G.N. Freeman, Deputy Nurse Directress of the ELWA Hospital, the pair separately thanked the the Liberian vice president for always reaching out, especially during this period of crisis in the country.

Dr. Brown and Madam Freeman who termed the donation as timely assured that the donated items would be used for the intended purpose.

It can be recalled that in 2020, VP Taylor provided food rations to more than 2,000 disadvantaged girls throughout the nation and procured oxygen tanks for several hospitals including the 14th Military Hospital. 

As COVID-19 continues to threaten human survival and expose the vulnerabilities of global health systems, with Liberia amongst the most challenged countries in administering health services to its people, this donation is urgently needed, the Office of VP Taylor stressed in its statement.

It can be recalled that on June 28, 2021, the United States issued Level 4 Travel Advisory for Liberia, highlighting high incidences of COVID-19 infections in Liberia and warned travelers not to travel to the country. 

In the last 14 days, Liberia has recorded about 181 active cases as government continues to enforce safety measures  including mandatory social distancing,  wearing of masks, reducing public gathering,  amongst others.  

Vice President Taylor expresses her gratitude to all of Liberia’s international and local partners who are engaged in this fight;  including the United States Government who on July 25, 2021, announced the donation of 302, 400 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for Liberia, the VP’s office released statement emphasized. 

The statement quotes VP Taylor as reiterating the need for protective actions by all citizens as means of stopping the spread in the country of the Coronavirus disease with a call on all Liberians, for “EACH ONE TO SAVE ONE,” by following all health protocols.

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