Via the Daily Observer: ‘Serious Mismanagement at Ministry of Health’, Sen. Coleman Informs Senate Plenary. Excerpt:
“There is serious administrative mismanagement at the Ministry of Health that has been highlighted for a very long time. I am talking to you with authority, and as an insider of the health sector of this country,” the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator (Dr.) Peter Coleman informed the Senate plenary.
The Grand Kru County Senator, speaking Tuesday during the 73rd sitting of the Senate, warned his colleagues that as long as they continue to pay lip service to the country’s health system, ineffective people will remain at the helm of administration of health.
“And as long as the Executive branch of government wants to make a mockery of this Liberian Senate, even after this outbreak of Ebola, there will be outbreak of measles and other things,” Sen. Coleman warned.
Expressing outrage and disappointment, Dr. Coleman disclosed that currently, the immunization of Liberian children has dropped from 80% to less than 50%; and that the maternal mortality rate that was one of the worst in the world is now even more deplorable. According to him, women are dying in childbirth due to the perpetual closure of health institutions in the country.
“The reason why I decided to take this stance is to express my frustration, disgust and anger at the way in which the Executive branch of this government is managing the health system.”
The Senator, who represents the Senate on the National Ebola Task Force, promised not to be distracted by people he described as ‘lunatic and fanatic loyalists’ who at all cost will defend the Executive to the detriment of the Liberian people.
“I will continue to state that as long as this situation prevails, and we cannot call the Minister of Health to book on issues regarding the health sector, our country will continue to be classified as one of the worst places on earth to live.”