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The managing director of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) David Sumo said the government has abandoned support to the entity.

According to the managing director, who spoke to reporters during a program at his office on Rendell Street, central Monrovia, the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) is struggling with low funding and lack of logistics.

He said the institution has brought lot of pride to the health sector in the country, noting that the annual budget of the LMHRA for 2012/ 2013 was around $75,000 but is yet to come and that amount has been reduced considerably.

He emphasized that the institution needs more incentives than any other government institution, because it is responsible to save lives and give treatment, among others.

Sumo said the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority are faced with lots of challenges, adding, “No support is coming to this institution as a governmental entity.”

He further disclosed that the entity in 2013 promoted the country’s image during a ceremony marking Africa’s best health in Accra, Ghana. According to him, the LMHPRA put Liberia on the map by taking a second place position in the good health facility program.

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