Liberia can achieve Universal Health Coverage-Minister of Health

The WHO Representative, Dr. Alex Gasasira handing over key for the ambulance and BB lotion for scabies treatment to the Hon. Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina JallahMonrovia, 1st June 2018:  Hon Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah reaffirmed Liberia’s capacity to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), where all communities will have access to quality health services. Making reference to the experience of the devastating 2014-2015 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, Dr Jallah indicated “if we Liberians want to reach UHC, we can do it as a country. We need to take responsibility and demonstrate strong ownership of our health system, from the community level, frontline primary health care facilities right up to specialized tertiary hospitals. This will be complemented by the contributions our partners are making to improve our health care delivery system”. 
Dr Jallah made these remarks while receiving a donation worth USD 55, 000 from the World Health Organization. The donation included a state of the art ambulance as well as medical supplies to respond to the scabies outbreak that has affected 10 counties in 2018. Dr Jallah applauded WHO and other partners for their technical, financial and logistical support to Ministry of Health. She confirmed that the donation will be used for the intended purpose. For the medication to treat scabies, that is locally called “be serious” because of the long time it took people to be treated, the Minister, called upon the public to do their part to ensure that their  homes and surrounding are clean.  
WHO Representative to Liberia, Dr Alex Gasasira commended the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, partners and stakeholders for the gains that have been made in increasing access to essential health services. Over the last ten years, there has been an appreciable increase in the number of pregnant women attending antenatal clinics during pregnancy as well as women delivering in health facilities rather than at home. As a result the proportion of women whose deliveries are supported by skilled birth attendant has also increased. Dr Gasasira also applauded the enhanced capacity for disease surveillance that has been developed in Liberia particularly since the end of the devastating outbreak. 
Despite the progress registered, Liberia is yet to achieve national, regional or global health targets. It is in this regard that a joint United Nations Project, involving UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO, funded by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund, is supporting the efforts of the Liberia Government to strengthen sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn, child and adolescent health in Montserrado County. Under this project, WHO is responsible for supporting the Ministry of Health to provide essential logistical support to three beneficiary health clinics-Koon Town Clinic, Nyenhn Health Center and the Bensonville Hospital.
In addition to the ambulance, WHO donated 10,000 bottles of Benzyl Benzoate Lotion (25%) to augment the containment of outbreak of scabies in ten counties.

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