Major Health Confab Begins

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By Jimmey C, Fahngon

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners and stakeholders has begun the 10th National Health Review Conference in Paynesville, near Monrovia.

The three days conference is being held under the theme: “Making Universal Health Coverage a Reality: Reversing the Trend in Maternal and Neonatal Mortality, a National Call to Action.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah said the conference is intended to take stock of activities in the health sector, as it relates to achievements, challenges and gaps that need to be filled.

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Dr. Jallah said the conference which is very critical will enable stakeholders to identify issues/obstacles that need to be addressed so as to move the health sector forward.

She disclosed that the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners has developed several policies for the health sector some of which have been implemented while others have not been touched.

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Dr. Jallah underscored the need to implement those policies that have not been implemented.

She further stressed the need for community engagement in the implementation of policies that will move the health sector in the right direction.

For his part, Dr. Peter Coleman, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Children Protection said it is always good for institutions to take stock of their activities so as to identify challenges and gaps, thereby finding solutions to the identified challenges and gaps.

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He hopes that at the end of the conference, challenges and gaps that will be identified, realistic solutions will be found to mitigate them.

Earlier, the Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) Tolbert Nyenswah underscored the need for collaborative efforts aimed at addressing challenges in the health sector.

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