Liberia appeals to WHO to bridge financial gap
Liberia has made an appeal to the World Health Organization to assite device a financial mechanism that would bridge the financial gap facing the health sector.
Liberia Chief Medical Officer told an ongoing regional gathering in Darkar Senegal that the allotment for health in the national budget is small due to the size of the national budget.
A Ministry of Health release signed by its Communication Consultant, Sorbor George and quoting Dr. Francis Kateh, said WHO as a technical partner to Liberia, must device an innovative means to help Liberia in meeting the Universal health coverage.
Dr . Kateh said Liberia has a pro poor agenda that seeks to meet the needs of the people in all speheres of life including health.
He told the ongoing regional forum that Liberia is among countries that has made significant step in meeting the Abuja declaration, which demands every country to contribute a fifteen percent of their national budget to health.
The Chief Medical Officer notes that health is not cheap, as such obtaining the universal health coverage has to be a bilateral agreement between the people and the government for ownership.
In a related development, Liberia has been rated high by the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization.
GAVI said Liberia stands out among countries carring out immunization program.
The world body made the rcognition at the close of a three day joint appraisal meeting held in Monrovia.
The meeting was aimed to analyze progress made as it relates to the grant implementation.
It was also aimed to identify challenges and successes during the implementation of the GAVI grant and further device recommendations for future performance.
In closing remarks, Assistant Health Minister for Vital Statistic, Standford Wisseh, thanked the participants and assured that government will continue to work with all partners to make child survivor a development agenda.
Signed: Sorbor George