Bong County District #4 Representative Robert Flomo Womba has launched an appeal to the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health to support nurses at the Armah Sekou Toure Health Center in Jorwah, Panta District.Rep. Womba recently expressed observation that nurses at the facility are facing too many difficulties.
Making the appeal to Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Rep. Womba cited the lack of nurses’ quarter, network for communication and the alleged failure of government to place the Jorwah – based health workers on payroll as some of the problems confronting them.
Named after the former President of the Republic of Guinea, the Armah Sekou Toure Health Center was constructed during the administration of former Liberian President William Richard Tolbert more than 40 years ago.
But it was vandalized by rebels during the Liberian civil war.The Amah Sekou Toure Health Center located in the bordering town of Jorwah was recently reconstructed by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, and it is one of the leading health care facilities in Liberia catering to several residents of Panta District and other bordering towns in the Republic of Guinea.
According to Rep. Womba, the Armah Sekou Toure Health Center is a major asset to Liberia and Guinea.He suggests that it needs to be supported by the two governments. According to him, health workers in the area are not on government’s payroll which might likely undermine the progress of the Health Center.
Rep. Womba wants the Liberian government to partner with the government of Guinea to speedily help to address some of the concerns at the Health Center.
“It is very discouraging for someone to leave their home and come to this remote part of the country to work without getting pay. We want the government to quickly intervene by placing the Health Workers on payroll,” he says.
“They are sacrificing here to save lives but the national government is not paying attention to them which is bad,” Rep. Womba concludes.For her part, Health Minister Dr. Jallah has promised to take the concern of the Bong County lawmaker important.
She maintains that it will be part of her first priority to address the concern at the bordering health center in Bong County.Madam Jallah says she is committed to promoting Liberia’s health system as Minister and will always be eager to listen to the concerns coming not just from Monrovia but across Liberia.
According to her, working to ensure improved health system in Liberia is a major tool of the George Weah led administration.She concludes that she is committed to signifying the success of the government.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley