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Pres. Sirleaf submits Public Health Bill to Legislature

Joseph Sayon/Benjamin S. Taingay
Prez. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Prez. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has submitted for passage into law, a bill seeking to establish the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.

According to our Legislative Reporter, the Bill was submitted Thursday, September 8, 2016 by President Johnson-Sirleaf to the Liberian Senate.

Our Reporter quotes the President as saying: “The establishment of the Institution will ensure benefits for public health workers, expend surveillance response process, improve Liberia’s Public Health Sector, among others.”

Following the Senate’s passage of the Bill, it will be sent to the House of Representatives for its concurrence.

Following the passage of the Bill by the National Legislature, it will be returned to the Liberian Leader for her approval and thereafter sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for printing into hand bill and subsequently published before it becomes law.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Executive says the Act, establishing the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research Center, will be repealed upon the passage of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia Bill.

At the same time, the passage of the Domestic Violence Bill has suffered a setback at the Liberia Senate.

The Bill was Thursday sent back to joint committee room to enable various Senators do more consultations with their respective districts.

The motion to return the Bill to the joint committee was filed by the Chairman of the Lead Committee on the Domestic Violence Bill, Peter Coleman.

Senator Coleman said to do justice to the Bill and to have the participation of every Liberian, it was important for individual Senators to hold consultations.

Our Reporter also said, during the debate on the passage of the Bill, Senators James Tornonlah, Albert Chie and Oscar Cooper urged their colleagues to educate the traditional people on the importance of the Bill to ally fear of any negative impact on the Liberian culture.

The Bill will be returned to the Senate’s Plenary after the Legislators’ annual break in January, 2017.



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