Several residents of SWAGGER Community located on Borbor Island, Montserrado County, have decried the Liberian Government’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Covid-19 distribution of supplies to their community.
Speaking to the Liberia CSOs WASH Network Community Assessment Team that conducted a tow day assessment within the swagger Community from October 22 to the 23, the community residents told the team along with the WASH Reporter and Editors Network that since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, they, as residents, did not receive any Covid-19 WASH Supplies from the Government and partners.
The Swagger Community has a population of over 6,575 residents. They narrated that some politicians including a resident who is also politician, Prince Kreplah, provided hands-washing buckets to some community dwellers.
According to some of the residents, they were able to use their old Ebola buckets that were given to them few years ago by organizations as a means of washing their hands in observance of the Covid-19 preventive measures.
The residents further disclosed that some of them purchased their own hands washing materials as a means of preventing the Covid-19 spread in the community.
Speaking further, the residents disclosed that they are no longer observing hands-washing practices including social distancing.
According to some of the residents, one of the major reasons for which they are not practicing hand washing and observing social distancing is questionable manner that the central government is proceeding with the issue of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
However, other residents including the CO-Chairman of the community, William Darlah, said they are still practicing hands- washing and other COVID-19 Preventive measures.
Mr. Darlah said they are struggling on their own to purchase their hand washing and other WASH materials as individuals and families.
He further urged residents of the Swagger Community to continual washing their hands and adhere to the health protocols proclaimed by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Liberia CSOs WASH Network Community Assessment covered the Swagger community located on the Borbor Island the 72nd Community including Kingzito, Sonewein Tompoe Village respectively.