Grand Kru Local Authority Commits To Reinforcing Public Health Law

Local authority in Grand Kru County has disclosed plans to reinforce the Public Health Laws of Liberia in that part of the county amidst deliberate violation of the law by some citizens.

The administration disclosure also follows observation that in absolute disregard of the Public Health Law, some residents of the county continue to harbor domestic animals in the city limits, refusing to clean their environs, erecting substandard toilets for household and, among other things, refusing to observe the “Weah for Clean City Campaign.”

County Inspector Jacob Karmbor Weah said as part of efforts to reinforce the Public Health Law in Grand Kru County, his office will soon embark on a robust inspection across the county, especially in cities, so as to ensure that every household owns a flush toilet as a means of avoiding open defecation which endangers the health of individuals and communities.

Weah said at a day-long WASH Coordination Meeting held in the county over the weekend that when communities are exposed to open defecation, women and children become direct victims of such embarrassing situation which can also lead to serious health hazard.
The day-long WASH Coordination Meeting was organized by the WASH Media Network of Liberia Southeastern Chapter.

At the consultative discussions, WASH partners in Grand Kru updated the body on progress being made as well as challenges confronting them in the county.

Weah told the gathering that any citizen who violates his directive will be prosecuted in accordance with the Public Safety Law of Liberia.

He warned that those who continue to harbour domestic animals risk administrative actions as they have been warned on several occasions not to keep wildlife within their respective cities in Grand Kru.

The County Inspector extolled WASH partners for the level of work and progress made thus far in the sector, indicating that their relevant interventions over the period have improved the livelihood of more locals and the county continues to experience massive reduction in waterborne diseases among community dwellers.

Weah admonished citizens of Grand Kru to work with development partners involved with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities and to take ownership of WASH facilities in their areas as a means of achieving behavioural change and the promotion of cleanness among themselves.

The County Inspector noted that citizens’ health remains the heartbeat of the Liberian government and as such they will do all in their powers to improve the health sector within the county.
If the sector must experience speedy transformation, Weah cited that citizens too have a share responsibility to assist government by stimulating the spirit of healthy environment.

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