By Mohammed Konneh, I-HELP Liberia scholar|
As Liberia records two cases of the coronavirus, the I-HELP Liberia Project has introduced a locally-made nose/mouth mask called “Mamieyan” in Ganta, as part of the organization’s own way of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Over the years, the I-HELP Liberia Project has supported the Liberian health system by donating medical supplies and supporting health workers in training.
During the Ebola crisis in Liberia, members of the organization including Dr. Jonathan Hart, Abraham Jabateh, Dr. Benjamin Rapoport of Weil Cornell Medical Center, and Dr. Adam Cohen of Harvard University donated $30,000.00 USD worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in Liberia. Currently, due to the global shortage of PPE, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people to use PPE wisely during this COVID-19 crisis.
The I-HELP Liberia Project is encouraging every Liberian to take advantage of the locally-made “Mamieyan” mask, and is calling on Liberian tailors to volunteer to immediately start mass production and donate to their community. The Mamieyan mask can be washed and reused, or can be dipped in alcohol and used again.
Meanwhile, I-HELP is also encouraging the Liberian people to keep following preventative measures against the coronavirus. The virus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are diffused when a person infected with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. As a disease caused by a virus, COVID-19 cannot be prevented or treated with antibiotics. Keep practicing maximal social distancing and hand-washing.