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World Bank, stakeholders address constraints in Liberia’s Health Sector

Victor Kezelee /Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The World Bank-Liberia Country Manager, Larisa Leshchenko, says much needs to be done to achieve desired outcomes of Liberia’s Health Care Delivery System.

Ms. Leshchenko said while Liberia is rebuilding and improving its health care infrastructure as well as training health care workers, the country is still heavily challenged with institutional constraints in achieving the desired outcomes.

She spoke Wednesday, February 12, 2019, at the start of a three-day Stakeholders Consultation Workshop for Addressing Constraints in institution binding to achieve desired outcomes in Liberia.

The workshop is taking place at the Golden Gates Hotel in Paynesville.

She expressed concern over maternal mortality and teenage pregnancy rates which are amongst the highest in West Africa and the world.

Ms. Leshchenko also said the Human Capital Index released in September 2018 ranks Liberia at 153 of 157 countries.

She said:” While many technical solutions will continue to be implemented, their experience suggests the need for governance and institutional reforms enhance by transparency and accountability at different levels.”

The World Bank-Liberia Country Manager lauded the Liberian Government for its efforts to strengthen the Country’s health system.
She then pledged the World Bank continued partnership with Liberia to further develop the Country’s health system.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah says though there remains challenges in Liberia’s health sector, some gains have been made in the improvement of the sector.

Dr. Jallah named some of the gains as the institution of surveillance and Response Services through the National Public Health Institute (NPHIL), the execution of regular vaccination programs and provision of housing facilities at some clinics, among others.

Dr. Jallah, however, acknowledged other challenges being faced by the health sector.

She said:” The lack of good roads serves as major impediment for health care delivery across Liberia, especially in the rural parts of the Country.”

The Liberian Health Minister also stressed the need for water system to be put into place, as most of the cases health workers are water-borne disease related.

Dr. Jallah then called for collective support in meeting Liberia’s health challenges.


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