The Liberian Government and the World Bank have signed fifteen million United States dollars Health Financing Agreement for collaborative disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness in Liberia.
According to a Ministry of Finance and Development Planning release, the signing of the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE2) Project will provide the needed opportunity for Liberia to operationalize lessons learned from the recent disease outbreak in Sinoe County.
Speaking during the signing ceremony Wednesday, Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara extolled the World Bank Board of Directors for endorsing the usage of the fifteen million dollars to enhance Liberia’s healthcare delivery system.
Minister Kamara indicated thatthe Liberian government will remain grateful for such intervention, most especially when government is making all necessary strides in ensuring that the health of its people are catered for.
For her part, World Bank Liberia Country Manager extended condolences to the victims and families of the recent disease outbreak in Sinoe. He commended the Liberian government and partners for their effective responses to control the transmission.
Madam Larisha Leshchenko noted that the outbreak highlighted both progress made in strengthening surveillance and infection control, and areas where there are still a lot of work, such a laboratory capacity.
“We encourage the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Agriculture Organization, and other key partners to work closely with the Ministries of Health and Agriculture, as well as the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to jointly develop, implement and monitor progress of this critical project for the country.”
REDISSE is a regional project that supports so far seven West African countries and West African Health Organization (WAHO) to strengthen collaboration across the 15 ECOWAS countries and build regional surveillance and response capacity.
At the same time, the ministry said it is concerned about a recent publication reported in the Frontpage Africa Newspaper alleging that an unnamed cabinet minister perpetrated a rape action.
In the spirit of finding an end to this menace, the publisher is also encouraged to adduce all the evidence to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) to enable Government take the requisite actions.
The Ministry believes that withholding such information from the government for over a year is an act of complacency on the part of the publisher and reiterates that this government has not and will not shield anyone who engages in criminal conduct.