Health Minister Constitutes National Health Sector Task Force

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The Minister of Health, Dr. Louise M. Kpoto, has constituted “National Health Sector Task Force” to build a healthcare system that operates with transparency and accountability, focusing on quality patient care and provision of a conducive working environment for dedicated service providers in the health sector.  The Taskforce comprises the Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), the Liberia Pharmacy Board and the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) Other are the Ministry of Justice, the National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUOL), the Independent Health Taskforce of Liberia, the Minister of Health Ex- Officio, and the Chief Pharmacist, Republic of Liberia – (Secretary to the board). The Chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), Dr. Davis Sumo, will serve as Chair of the Task Force. Dr. Kpoto mandated members of the Taskforce to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the health sector, both public and private, to identify and document the challenges and bottlenecks that have been hindering the provision of quality health services to the citizenry. The Health Minister: “With particular emphasis on the monitoring of the distribution and appropriate utilization of medicines and medicinal products provided by both Donors and Government to the Public Health care institutions.” She averred that this diverse composition will ensure a holistic and inclusive approach to addressing the systemic challenges that bedevil the health sector.  “The Task Force will work diligently to identify the root causes of issues such as, diversion, and misappropriation of medicines and medical supplies designated for our hospitals and clinics,” Health Minister, Dr. Louise M. Kpoto disclosed. She expressed optimism that the work of this National Health Sector Task Force will pave the way for a healthcare system that truly serves the needs of the Liberian people.  The energetic Health Minister encouraged both local and international donor-partners as well as Liberians to support and collaborate with the Task Force in building a resilient and robust healthcare system for Liberia. “In the words of His Excellency, President Joseph Nyumah Boakai Snr, let us “Think Liberia, Love Liberia, and Build Liberia,” she concluded.  The Taskforce is to resume its functions immediately.

 

 

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