Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah and team of experts at the Ministry have concluded first phase of a nationwide tour in five (5) counties, including Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee, and Maryland Counties.
Dr. Jallah alongside Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis Kateh; Deputy Minister for Planning and Policy, A. Varfee Tulay; County Health Services Director, Lorene Cooper; Family Health Division Director, Bentoe Z. Tehoungue, among others, jointly commissioned discussions with visited health facilities in those five counties.
The tour, which started from February 12 to 28, 2021, is part of the Ministers annual assessment and acquaintance exercise aimed at identifying progresses, challenges and difficulties confronting health practitioners, as well as find ways forward for improvement.
Among other things, it is also geared towards the Minister’s interpersonal interaction with patients at various health facilities and rendering of humanitarian gestures during these visits. It is meant to review progresses and successes made in past years at both national and counties’ level and to also galvanize strategies to form a comprehensive and progressive national health plans for engagement.
About 1,800 CHS, CHSA, etc., were engaged by the Minister and her team, who shared their respective experiences and made recommendations to the team.
Fortunately, the energetic and passionate of Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah’s annual counties tour coincided with the President of the republic of Liberia, H.E. DR. George Manneh Weah’s strategic nationwide just ended tour.
The Dr. Jallah and team ably assisted by Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Francis Kateh joined President Weah’s engagements with health workers, relocation of the G. W. Hardley Hospital in Sanniquellie, extension of the VIP annex of Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County, and ground breaking ceremonies of a modern referral Hospital in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh, and Pleebo Health Center, Maryland Counties, among others.
Meanwhile, the referral hospital to be constructed in Zwedru, is a project with support from the German Government which in line with pillar one of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development—it highlights the improvement of health service delivery and infrastructure development.
Making special remarks at the occasion, President George Manneh Weah lauded his German counterpart for such a huge support and investment to Liberia, especially the health sector.
He assured the German Government of Liberia’s unending cooperation in a move to further strengthen the ties already sustenance between the two countries.
The Liberian Leader meanwhile encouraged the citizens of Grand Gedeh County to continue to keep the peace because it was as a result of the peace which they are now enjoying that led to the implementation of such meaningful health project for them.
Also speaking at the program was Liberia’s Chief Medical Office (CMO), Dr Francis Kateh who thanked the German Government and collaborating partners for ensuring the realization of the project.
Dr. Kateh said, with the level of works being done in the Health sector, the sector is on path in meeting global health goal, saying “The health sector is moving in the right direction and we are happy and with more support and collaboration it will get better and bigger soon.”
However, the project is also in line with the sustainable development goals (SDG’s) pillar three among other things highlight good health and well-being for all, will also see Liberia making its contribution of half a million Euros towards its implementation.
The availability and supply of medical equipment as well as the building of capacity for health care workers and technicians will also be covered under the project which is dominantly supported by the German Development Bank, including its implementing partners and the government of Liberia.
It is expected to serve thousands of residents of Grand Gedeh and the entire southeastern region of the country, inclusive of River Gee, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, and River Cess counties.
However, the phase of the Minister’s tour concluded in Maryland county and the second phase is expected to start very soon.
Director of Communication. MOH