-Says Monrovia Brewery; buttresses government’s efforts against COVID-19
Monrovia Breweries Inc. has donated several anti-COVID-19 materials in support of government’s efforts to defeat the virus in Liberia.
Making the pronouncement for the donation at the company’s Headquarters on Busrhod Island on Tuesday July 6, 2021, the Monrovia Breweries Marketing Manager, Madam Thelma Dennis Woods, said her company was taking first steps to buttress government’s efforts and she called on other private organizations to do same.
“This is a serious situation in the country, and so we are taking first steps, and urging other institutions and companies in the private sector to join in this fight to save every Liberian life. If one Liberian dies, it affects all of us, so it is important we do something about it and not to sit back,” she emphasized.
Madam Woods said though the health guideline asking drinking spots and clubs to close at 9pm affects her company, it is important, she said, for everyone to observe all the health protocols in order to save lives.
“When entertainment centers and bars are closing by 9pm, that means we are losing customers, and we are losing business, but this is not about selling liquor, it is about saving lives. We do not only sell liquor, we care about lives as well,” the young manager told reporters.
For his part, Mr. Stephen Scott, who is the head of the Human Resource Department at the Corporation said the donation was part of the company’s corporate social responsibilities.
“We are determined to do more, we will call you again when the other materials that are being procured outside the country arrive,” he said.
Mr. Scott said the company was initially donating to four government institutions including Ministry of Health, 14 Military Hospital, Redemption Hospital, as well as to the Office of the Governor of New Kru Town.
Materials donated include oxygen tanks, detergents, tile-soap, amongst others.
He said there is no cap on the cost of donation because the company intends to do more. He however, put the cost of the donated items at several thousand dollars.
Speaking on behalf of the recipients, the Acting Health Officer at Redemption Hospital, Madam Fascia Macaulay thanked the family of the Monrovia Breweries for the goodwill gesture, indicating that the donation was timely and relevant.
Madam Macaulay then highlighted that Redemption Hospital was short of hospital beds.
According to WHO, 361,149 new cases were reported globally, with USA still the epic center with 132,942 new cases with over 4000 deaths.
Message from WHO speaks to evolving COVID-19 with a surge for lack of adherence to health protocols. What is therefore needed now is the continued validation of cases, strategic testing, and timely investigation to contain the fight against the deadly virus.
The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL’s) lab results from July 2nd to 4th reported that out of 2,287 tests conducted, there were 404 positives.
“During the epic week we recorded 1,134 new cases. Now out of 543 samples tested for the day before, there were 48 positives (Montserrado 38, Margibi 3, Grand cape mount 2, Bomi 2, Bong 1 and Nimba 1), taking our cumulative positives to 4,918 and Cumulative test run 124,029, cumulative deaths 134. Our home-based care record shows 362 still in home-based care,” NPHIL reported.