These were the words FIFA President Gianni Infantino “We need teamwork to combat the coronavirus,”. I call upon the football community worldwide to join us in supporting this campaign to pass the message even further. Some of the greatest players to have played the beautiful game have put their names to the campaign and are united in their desire to pass the message to kick out COVID-19.”
In Liberia, national team captain of the senior male team (Lonestar ) of Liberia, Sam Johnson, did not hesitate to has joined the fight against the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Liberia. The super captain through his Sam Johnson Foundation( SJF) has kicked off an awareness campaign in Monrovia; educating people about the virus and its preventive methods and made a very significant donation of food items, health items plus undisclosed cash to health workers in Liberia.
The donation was made on 2nd April 2020 making the footballer , the first Liberian active footballer to make such donations to his country to the fight against the coronavirus. The donation was made up of 35 -thirty-five bags of rice, 50, 000 L RD /250.00 USD – fifty thousand Liberian dollars, with assorted boxes of detergents and water barrels to health workers assigned at the 14th Military Hospital and also donated bags of rice to the Women in Peacebuilding Network.
Murphy Diggs , an official of the Sam Johnson Foundation made the presentation on behalf of the SJ Foundation. In a short remark Murphy Diggs, said Sam Johnson is concern about the health crisis facing his country and how Liberians will work together in eradicating the virus. According to Diggs, revealed that Sam Johnson is currently lockdown in the United States urged Liberians not to allow the virus to defeat them, but they should eliminate the virus .
He made it know Sam Johnson according to Diggs wants health workers attending to coronavirus patients at the 14th Military Hospital to be adequately supported. “Sam wants those health workers to have food on their tables for them and their children as they moved into the medical wards to cater to their patients. He said ” I really appreciate the role of these health workers at the frontline fighting the virus”, Diggs said in handing over the donation to the Director of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.
In a short statement after receiving the donation Dr. Mosoka Fallah, Director General-designate of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia praised the Liberian national team captain for identifying with the health workers during this period a major global health crisis. Adding that the donation signifies that Liberians home and abroad are united in the fight against the COVID-19. “Every time Liberians come and make a donation, it signals a very good thing. We are very grateful for recognizing the role of our health workers in these times,” Dr. Mosoka Fallah responded.
Liberia current COVID 19, cases stands at 6 and no news on release or recovery at the time of going to press. Besides the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and the Women in Peace Building Network of Liberia, the Sam Johnson Foundation also dropped several water containers at several intersections and communities to help people wash their hands as part of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
source: Liberia Sports Online -Football Desk