“Maternal And Neonatal Remain High Liberia”
Stakeholder’s in the Liberia’s Health sector has lamented that Maternal and Neonatal deaths remains highin Liberia, a critical indicator that defines the health status of the country.
The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and its partners, have therefore decided that the issue of Maternal and Neonatal be a national call to action.This was contained in a 26 count Resolutions read by Madam Miata Z.Gbanya, Fund Manager, of the Health Sector Pool Fund at the Health Ministry at the close of a three-Day 10thAnnual health sector Review Conference held at the Paynesville City Hall in Monrovia.
The conference, which was held under the Theme “Making Universal Health Coverage”, is the first conference hosted by the new Administration under the leadership of the Coalition of Democratic(CDC) Led Government.
This year’s conference theme highlights the Global Agenda of Universal Coverage which means that “all people and Communities can use promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship”.
The resolutions noted that, Health Ministry’s goal for the 10th Annual health sector Review conference is to promote accountability, transparency and performance for quality service delivery within the health sector.
The objective of the conference according to the resolution was to review and document the performances in 2017 to 2018 and to identify key challenges impending the delivery of services in the health sector as well as to document best practices and proffer solutions to mitigate challenges.
The resolution stressed that the implementation of this year’s plan was done during a transition from the National leadership of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the new leadership led by President George M. Weah with the overall focus on the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)
The implantation of this year’s plan according to the resolution was done under the leadership of past and present administrations of the Health Ministry now led by Dr. Wilhelmina S. Jallah, Minister of Health.
The Stakeholder’s in Liberia’s Health sector, through their resolution, called on the Liberian government to maintain the health sector as a priority sector in the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) plan to be implemented in the next five years, to sustain the gains made over the last 13 years.
They also call on government to commits to mobilizing Domestic Resources for supporting the health sector in the midst of decrease donor funding to the sector and also urged the Health Ministry and all donors including the UN Agencies, Partners local and International and Faith based, local authorities to align their support to the implementation of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)plan, and the national Health and Social Welfare Policy and Plan for 2011-2021and the investment plan for building Resilient Health system frpm2015 to 2021.
They called on the Health Ministry to reaffirm its utmost commitment to mobilizing resources, effectively implementing and monitoring family planning and the Coasted implementation plan.