Liberians in Sweden aid coronavirus fight back home

Early this month, the Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) donated 150 bags of rice to nurses at three major hospitals in Liberia to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

John F. Kennedy Medical Center and Redemption Hospital, both in the nation’s capital Monrovia and the 14 Military Hospital in Margibi County each received 50 bags.

The leadership of the Liberia Public Health Association’s Covid-19 Response Team, headed by Jerry Kollie and Dr. Jallah Kennedy, made the donations on behalf of the LSA.

About $3,000, to cover for the cost of the rice, logistics and other expenses, was spent for the initiative.

LSA president David Ford in an interview on Liberia-based HOT FM said his organization decided to assist Liberian nurses who are at the frontlines of the fight against the virus.

According to Ford, nurses risk their lives daily caring for infected patients, getting very little in return in terms of financial and other essential benefits.

The donations are to help ease some of the stress that they undergo while working so that they can focus on the tasks at hand.

Also speaking to the radio station, LSA vice president Koo Yelegon Joseph called on fellow Liberians to not decrease their efforts in combating the COVID-19 virus.

She said they should continue to adhere to all the necessary regulatory preventive measures, such as constantly wearing of masks, regularly washing of hands, always observing distancing and or avoiding social gatherings.

LSA is a non-profit community-based organization.

It is the umbrella organization for Liberians residing in the north European country, children born of Liberian parents and Swedes who have once lived or work in Liberia, considered friends and supporters of Liberia.