After a careful review and analysis of an all-encompassing ‘Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System’, the Liberian Cabinet on last Wednesday, November 18, 2015, endorsed an ambitious plan that seeks to holistically address the country’s multifaceted health challenges and vulnerabilities virtually exposed by the Ebola outbreak.
An Executive Mansion release said, a number of strategic implementation plans were unanimously endorsed to revive, strengthen and ensure that health care delivery services are accessible and within the reach of the population.
They include Implementation of an effective, coordinated and efficient supply chain and ‘National Drug Service’ delivery; Upgrade, train and improve quality healthcare workforce to respond professionally and spontaneously to unfolding challenges by fit-for-purpose; productive and motivated healthcare workforce to implement an emergency hiring plan; as well as implement healthcare workforce program; develop community-based workforce and strengthen management; regulation and performance of healthcare workforce.
The aspects of the plan are to develop, equip and re-engineer infrastructure; decommission ETUs and CCCs and reposition existing resources to health facilities; extend and remodel existing infrastructure for EPR standards; accelerate the completion of 17 unfinished health facilities; upgrade three county hospitals to regional hospitals (J.J. Dossen, Phebe and Redemption); renovate J.F.K. Hospital and strengthen blood bank facilities and regional laboratories; as well as Strengthen epidemic preparedness and response systems aimed at establishing a National Public Health Institute; strengthen the integrated Disease Surveillance, Response, Early Warning and Alert Response systems; improve capacity for public health laboratories; establish a bio-bank center; and The J.K. Memorial Center Improvement Strategic Plan – 2016 – 2010, which highlight rationale of strategic plan, vision/mission, planning processsituational analysis, improvement of strategic plan, strategic objectives to be climaxed by a validation workshop.
An Executive Mansion release said, the Ministry of Health also provided a situational report on the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, which covered the status of aculty, status of residents, January – June 2016 planning program, achievements, impact of the residency program, building partnerships as well as challenges and proposed way forward.-Press release