The validation meeting for Liberia’s National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) has ended in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.
The two-day meeting was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), Liberia Country Office, collaborating with the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and the Ministry of Health.
Speaking to journalists last Friday, Thomas K. Nagbe, Director for Infectious Disease and Epidemiology at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) said the National Action Plan for Health Security will align with all health security interventions, through the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), using the One Health approach and the Government’s broader health system strengthening whole society approach.
He said the five years plan will cover 19 key areas under the four core components of prevent, detect, respond, and building capacity, to address other International Health Regulations related hazards (radiation, chemical and points of entry).
Nagbe said the National Action Plan is not for NPHIL for a multi-sectoral one involving several key government’s ministries and agencies.
He said the action plan is good for Liberia considering the high risk of epidemic that still exist in neighboring countries.
The two days meeting brought together line ministries and agencies of Government (Ministries of Agriculture, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Liberia National Police), along with partner agencies, which include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).