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Deputy House Speaker wants more rural health centers build

By Ferricks Dainsee
The Capitol Builder
The Capitol Builder

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Oct.19/2013) Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue, is calling on the Health Ministry and its partners to establish more health centers across rural Liberia.

According to Representative Barchue, the establishment of additional health centers throughout the country would address the medical needs of the rural residents.

He made the statement Wednesday, October 17, 2013 at the end of the 6th Annual Health Conference at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.

Paynesville is one of Liberia’s largest and commercial-driven cities, second to Monrovia, the nation’s capitol.

The Deputy House Speaker said: “In some parts of the country, including Grand Bassa County, people walked for five eight hours before reaching a health post.”

“The lack of accessible health facilities and medical staff is creating serious health problem for Liberians, especially pregnant women and children in the rural parts of the country,” Deputy House Speaker Barchue also said.

The lawmaker also wants the Health Ministry put on government payroll those who are already voluntarily working in the health sector but are not on payroll, instead of increasing the salaries of health workers already on payroll.

The Grand Bassa County representative’s statement comes amid recent disclosure by the Health Minister that there are over 8,000 workers in the health sector and that less than only 3,000 are on government payroll.

He noted that though the current budget has been passed, he will work along with the Health Ministry authorities and partners to ensure that additional funding is provided the health sector.

The Deputy Speaker then commended the Health Ministry for the gains made thus far, but said more needs to be done.

 


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