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THE MYSTERIOUSLY YET-TO-BE explained death of dozens of Liberians, most of whom citizens of Sinoe County is a stark aide-mémoire of the vulnerability of Liberia’s health sector and what is needed to have it functional as effectively as possible. It is of importance to all Liberians that we once more flag this issue, few days after dedicated another editorial in which we informed Government and its partners of the exigency the situation poses on the sector, about two years after another devastating health catastrophe.

TAKING ALMOST A month to deal with a ‘strange disease’ is so scaring, as it also necessitates prompt and unbending resolve not only to bring it to the end (strange disease) but to pump enough resources (finance and equipment) so that hospitals are capacitated to handle eventual circumstances. This is not a suggestion or an inference that the government has not or is not doing anything to revive the health sector, but keeping it (sector) at the center of priority is monumental in keeping Liberians protected.


SINCE THE INCUMBENCY of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the records of huge budgetary support to the health sector are overwhelming, we must acknowledge, but finance is like water brought into home to take care of many things (taking bath, drinking, washing dishes or cooking) and the more the usage of water, the more it is needed in the home. Money is the oxygen that keeps the health sector afloat, and anything short of that is a catastrophe. This is exactly what the situation in Sinoe County presents.

 

THE REASON WHY Liberians are likely to cogitate negatively about the health sector is the daily flamboyancy seen in the purchase of flashy cars, which suggests officials are the Health Ministry are only interested in uplifting themselves while the work remains unattended to. The entire courtyard of the Health Ministry is an estate of vehicles of different models for the use of officials while health centers struggle to execute their responsibilities. It is one thing getting the huge chunk of the budget and another thing making use of the allotment.


IF AUTHORITIES AT the MOH were using the budgetary allotments as wisely as possible, there would be lights at all government-run health centers. Also, private entities could have been assisted in the form of subsidy. About a week and half ago, this paper reported that a clinic just few miles from Buchanan, Grand Bassa County lacked generator and other essential equipment to carry ‘common delivery.’ They are resultantly using ‘cellphones’ light just to help woman into delivery. Such situation accentuates the fundamental deficiencies in the health sector. It even explains the ‘don’t care’ attitude officials adopt toward responsibility.


IT WOULD INTEREST you that the wish of some officials in the health sector is the return of the Ebola virus disease, and that is why some of them are liking it to the deadly virus. We are aware of the hundreds of thousands of dollars officials accrued during the course of the virus, though some of them stayed from the hospitals while others were making frantic efforts to save lives. Be as it may, the health sector is the fulcrum of Liberia’s human and population growth– keeping Liberians save and sound medically. It is not insurmountable to transform the health sector, put it on par with others in the West African region, with a willing and determined heart. Let the word go forth that the health sector, in these trying times, needs urgent attention than it has been.

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