The Liberia National Red Cross Society and the National Disaster Management Agency are scaling up efforts to promote Infection Prevention and Control measures at the community level to slow further transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia.
The Red Cross and the NDMA have already distributed hygiene kits and hand washing buckets to 500 homes to ensure best hygiene practices in five communities, including churches, mosques, and orphanages, according to a press release.
Both institutions renew their commitment to complementing the national efforts in preventing or slowing further transmission and helping communities already affected or vulnerable to keep washing their hands as a simple but effective precaution to keeping safe during the pandemic.
The Red Cross recently donated 400 hands washing buckets to the National WASH Commission, including chlorine, soap and 400 pieces of nose masks to the Monrovia Central Prison.
The LNRCS is also scaling up its COVID-19 programme initiative, including community awareness and hygiene promotion, working with affected and at-risk communities to take action and keep safe.
The Red Cross has reiterated that COVID-19 prevention measures are not an option but a real demand that must strictly be followed to make sure the outbreak doesn't proceed out of control and overwhelm local health services and response capacities.
The Red Cross says it remains, focused and ready to respond to evolving public health measures being established, but renews call for increasing support, partnership and collaboration to make the COVID-19 response much more effective and robust.
LNRCS calls on the public to keep hand washing, covering their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing as well as ensuring social distance, staying home and seeking early medical treatment when showing symptoms of respiratory illness.