COVID-19 May Increase And Continue In Liberia, Once Liberians Continue To Deny Its Existence

Flash Back: A Market Place

The stubbornness of some Liberians to abide by health protocols announced by Liberian health authorities which include social distancing and other measures, GNN staff who toured the city of Monrovia and its environs this week observed that Liberians’ attitude of ‘Don’t care’ may dive this country into serious health hazard which will eventually lead to more deaths from this deadly COVID-19.

Despite of calls by both the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) for Liberians and other foreign residents to observe all medical measures put in place including social distancing and the wearing of Face Masks at all times, this warning seems not to be adhered to by most Liberians, particularly marketers.

According to a team of GNN reporters who took up time this week touring the city of Monrovia and its environs were greatly saddened and disappointed to see hundreds of marketers at their various market places where clustered in their number disregarding the danger this disease (Coronavirus) poses to their lives; refusing to observe the Social Distancing in their day to day activities, even the wearing of Face Masks as was ordered by the Minister of Health is yet to be observed.

In order to publicly create awareness for the prevention of this deadly virus in Liberia, the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah who is also a talented musician used his busy schedule to join other Liberian musicians to release a Coronavirus prevention song aimed at adequately educating Liberians the danger of this virus on human lives.

Some of the marketers who spoke to the GNN at their respective clustered market places, justified by saying as much it was dangerous to their lives, it was also important for them to fetch food for their families by selling in the market places, but refusing to note that it was also danger to them, especially when this unseen virus continue to ravage the world.

“Yes I agreed that it is dangerous to group together, but this is the only way we can lay our hands on the kind market or goods we want to purchase from the store; we are plenty who want to do the same business,” Maryann Johnson a businesswoman who claimed that she sell petty businesses in the market told the GNN at one of the stores in Via Town where dozens of women had clustered up to buy goods.

With this undesirable situation taking place in Monrovia and its environs, some medical analysts who spoke to the GNN said with the refusal of people to observe all medical protocols including social distancing and the wearing of Face Masks, the possibility of the eradication of this virus in Liberia will be hard.

“Liberians must always learn to abide by instructions from health authorities regarding all preventive measures to disallow the spread of the virus; their continues refusal to adhered to these measures may prolong this virus,” Nathaniel Brown speaking on the issue said.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.