Liberia: Senators Want President Weah Publicly Announce New Health Regulations to Curb Coronavirus
MONROVIA – At least Senators are demanding the visibility of President George Weah in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 in Liberia.
Senators Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County and Daniel Naatehn of Gbapolu County want President Weah showing up in public and carryout awareness on Covid-19.
According to Sherman, the President needs to announce to the public that measures put in place by health authorities were approved by him.
“The President should not hide, he needs to be visible, he needs to come out and say those regulations issued by the Ministry of health ‘I approved them’,” Senator Sherman said.
Liberia to Get 2,500 test kits
Senator Peter Coleman, Senate Committee Chairman on Health has also told plenary of the Senate that by Wednesday most of the contacts of the three confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be tested and set free.
As part of his regular Senate update on the Coronavirus, he said several test kits are expected to arrive in Liberia by today from China as the Chinese government’s contribution to the fight against the virus.
“As of tomorrow, most of the contacts will be tested and all those negative will be discharged from the precautionary observation center.”
The Senate committee chairman on health also told his colleagues that health authorities are monitoring 388 contacts from the three confirmed cases.
“Liberia will get 2,500 test kits from China, once we have enough test kits in country we don’t have to keep people in quarantine.”
He also told members of the Senate that the government of Liberia greatest challenge now is monitoring 388 contacts.
“World Bank has approved US$1.5 million of the promised US$15 million.
“As the situation evolves, we are hopeful that we remain at three cases,” he said.
In response to the update, Senator Prince Johnson of Nimba County recommended the closure of the Senate session as measures towards the fight against the spread of the virus. Senator Johnson’s comment was in response to the Sunday incident between him and the Inspector General of the Liberian National Police who had gone to enforce the no-service regulation at his church in Paynesville.