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Simeon Freeman wants health minister sacked

The political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change, Simeon Freeman, has called for the resignation of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale.

Mr. Freeman said Dr. Gwenigale has played his part in providing professional medical services to Liberians for many years ranging from the days of Phebe to his appointment by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. He said Dr. Gwenigale has aged and must be retired to give way to other professional Liberians to serve as well.

The Movement for Progressive Change, political leader told Power Television Wednesday that old age has made Minister Gwenigale arrogant in the discharge of his duty. The health minister continues to receive public criticisms following his comments on Monday that dismissed officials of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia will never be reinstated.

The MPC’s political leader is among local politicians seeking the reinstatement of the dismissed health workers. Meanwhile, two members of the Liberian Senate have also called for the resignation of Dr. Gwenigale, for alleged misapplication of public health laws revised titles 34.13 and 14.

According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the revised laws deal with the prevention and suppression of diseases, including the authority of the minister to identify disease carriers as well as order house-to-house visitation to contain the spread of such disease.

Speaking during the body’s extraordinary session on Thursday, the senators pointed out that Minister Gwenigale’s failure to apply all necessary preventive measures at the onset of the Ebola virus in Lofa County, forms part of reasons why the virus has spread to all 15 counties of Liberia.

“Decisions on the part of the minister to remain silent and allow his deputies run the affairs of the Ebola crisis sends out danger to the entire process, because we do not know if he is on retirement or Ebola break,” the Senators added.

They also indicated low key being played by Dr. Gwenigale in spearheading the crisis, resulting to slow motivation and havoc among health workers involved with the process.

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