Public Health Law Under Scrutiny
The law under scrutiny was enacted in 1976 but has since gone through a number of amendments in 2010.
The review process which drew together legal minds and experts in other disciplines from across the country, was held in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The scrutiny of the Public Health Law principally sought to make it compatible with current day realities as believed in the minds of the organizers.
New chapters on Tobacco Substance, Clinical trials, Zoonotic disease and Emergency Treatment among others were considered in the draft Public Health Law currently being scrutinized.
If the draft law is finalized and become law in the health sector, it will not only enforce the ban on public smoking but will also increase restrictions on the usage of the substance.
Because global health experts have determined that many deaths are being caused by animal diseases, the draft law seeks to enforce proper care being given to animals by their owners.
Speaking earlier during the official opening, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Sampson Arzuoaquoi, urged the participants to avoid sentiments in suggesting laws that will only address current situation, leaving out the future.
“Let me assure you of the ministry’s commitment to this review process”. Dr. Arzuoaquoi indicated.
In separate remarks, representatives of the Center for Disease Control and the world Health Organization, applauded the ministry for a reform of the public health law and promised their support to the process.
The Gbarnga’s review process of the law was the second in a series and drew up technical and financial support from partners such as GAVI/EPI and Pool Fund.