Monrovia, 19 March 2021: The World Health Organization (WHO) donated lifesaving medicines and laboratory affords for attempting out COVID-19 and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to the authorities of Liberia by the Ministry of Health.
The affords incorporated Praziquantel capsules to deal with practically 1 million americans by community mass drug administration, and varied laboratory reagents and affords for attempting out 10,000 suspected COVID-19 samples and 100 suspected EVD samples.
WHO Representative for Liberia, Dr. Peter Clement officially handed over of the medicines and affords to the Honourable Minister of Health.
In his handover message, Dr. Clement said, the donation used to be WHO’s contribution to fight schistosomiasis, fight COVID-19 and mitigate the threats of EVD. He advised the Ministry to fabricate bigger community attempting out in opposition to COVID-19, toughen preparedness in opposition to EVD and be budge affected communities are accurately handled in opposition to Schistosomiasis.
This donation is as well to other items handed over to the Ministry of Health for attempting out and treatment of COVID-19.
The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah said that the affords will abet within the advised evaluation of COVID-19 cases and boost the mass drug distribution of Praziquantel in Schistosomiasis hotspot counties in Liberia.
“We are more than happy to receive these medicines and varied EVD and COVID-19 affords resulting from we are able to diagnose cases of COVID-19 sooner and proceed our community attempting out by the improved surveillance thought. We additionally insist resulting from of WHO for offering Praziquantel to prevent our voters from Schistosomiasis”, said Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah.
Schistosomiasis is a disease of poverty that outcomes in chronic in wretched health-effectively being. An infection is bought when americans attain into contact with unusual water infested with the larval forms (cercariae) of parasitic blood flukes, identified as Schistosomes. The disease impacts practically 240 million americans worldwide, and more than 700 million americans live in endemic areas. The an infection is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical areas, in wretched communities with out potable water and enough sanitation.
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