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President George Manneh Weah has received report from the special investigative committee tasked to probe reported breaches in the health and administrative protocols which guide the issuance of Covid-19 test results by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).

According to an Executive Mansion release dated Friday, 14 August, the committee headed by Dr. Linda Birch, President of Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), presented its report on Friday, 14 August.

The release says Dr. Birch thanked President Weah for giving her the opportunity to chair the committee, saying the report is comprehensive and includes findings and recommendations.

“Here is the report in keeping with the mandate given us. This report is also accompanied by evidence”, she pointed out. Having received the report, President Weah thanks Dr. Birch and the entire committee for carrying out the task.

“I will go through the report keenly and do what is best as the health and welfare of Liberians and residents alike remain paramount”, President Weah says.

The committee was charged with the responsibility of finding out whether there have been systemic breaches in the reporting procedure of COVID-19 results and recommend actions to be taken in order to remedy the situation.

Other members of the committee were Minister of Justice, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mawine Diggs and a representative each from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

President Weah suspended for time indefinite, the Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia Dr. MosokaFallah for ethical, professional and administrative lapses.

He also asked Dr. Fallah to cooperate with the investigative committee, while Dr. Patrick Kpanyan, Deputy Director General of NHPIL act during the course of the suspension.

President Weah set up the special investigative committee in the wake of several allegations in recent weeks against health authorities by aggrieved individuals who were tested for Coronavirus as part of the protocols governing travels.

It also followed a meeting the President held on Monday, 10 August with key health stakeholders and international partners supporting the country’s COVID-19 response.

The committee was given 72 hours to submit its findings.
The President said while he commends health practitioners for the positive work so far in curbing the spread of COVID – 19 in the country, he will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the health and welfare of Liberians remain paramount.

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