Appeal from the ACT Alliance – Response to COVID-19 in Liberia and support to Ivorian refugees. – Liberia
In Liberia, from January 3, 2020 to July 16, 2021, there were 5,306 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 148 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia has administered at least 95,423 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming each person needs 2 doses, this is enough to have vaccinated about 1% of the country’s population. Liberia reports 43 new infections on average each day, a peak of 23% – with the highest daily average reported on July 8, 2021.
In Liberia, there is a misconception that traditional herbs will prevent / cure COVID-19, especially among people in rural areas. As a result, there is apathy in seeking much needed medical attention in hospitals when symptoms persist.
Unfortunately, this situation is exacerbated as hospitals turn away patients due to lack of medication. In addition, it is necessary to support an appropriate diet to speed up the recovery of patients. The ACT Liberia Forum plans to address the needs of the most vulnerable through an appeal. Unfortunately, two major referral health facilities are experiencing severe shortages of the basic medical supplies needed to prevent and support treatment for COVID-19.
Currently in the two main referral health facilities in Liberia, demand exceeds the supply of drugs to treat people affected by COVID-19 due to insufficient funds to support the purchase of drugs unlike in other African countries. This is likely to have a significant negative impact on patient care and a risk of increased adverse patient outcomes, such as an increased death rate and the likely spread of COVID-19.
Support for health establishments (Lutheran hospitals Phebe and Curran):
To support patients in the emergency room of Curran Hospital, follow the required protocols, it is necessary to support the expansion of the maternal waiting room because one of the main objectives of the control measures is to reduce transmission of respiratory pathogens through direct contact with others. . The hospital administration is prioritizing this expansion as a measure to prevent further spread of the disease.
The risks of contracting COVID-19 are highest in crowded and insufficiently ventilated spaces where infected people spend long periods together in close proximity. These environments are the places where the virus seems to spread most effectively through respiratory droplets or aerosols, so it is even more important to take precautions.
This is the emergency situation at the Lutheran Phebe Hospital, which is no longer able to take care of critical patients, but due to overcrowding. The emergency room is now filled with non-emergency patient cases, which not only puts medical workers at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, but does not allow medical staff to grant critical cases of urgent attention required.
The two community health centers located in densely populated areas were introduced by the government to enable hospital services and improve their complex or critical case services and serve as a referral.
One way to address overcrowding in large hospitals is to support the two community health centers located in densely populated areas to treat referral cases, by providing these facilities with a potable water system to enable them to operate in high-volume areas. better hygienic conditions.
Other needs of the population are the urgent need for drinking water and sanitation facilities. Safely managed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services are an essential part of preventing and protecting human health during epidemics of infectious diseases, including the current COVID pandemic. 19. One of the most cost-effective strategies for increasing pandemic preparedness, especially in countries with limited resources, is to invest in basic public health infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems. This proposal aims to help vulnerable population groups access safe drinking water and toilets and improve training and awareness of hygiene practices that would globally lead to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Training and awareness are needed to increase knowledge about good hygiene practices to minimize the risks of spreading deadly diseases like COVID-19 among the population and their communities.