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US$10m drugs revolving scheme soon

-Health Minister Jallah

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Liberia’s Minister of Health Dr, Wilhelmina Jallah, discloses here that about US$10m worth of medical drugs are expected in the country in May to begin a drugs revolving funding scheme in the public sector.

Dr. Jallah says an unidentified institution has agreed to provide the drugs as a means of commencing the revolving scheme that will public health institutions paying for consignment or supply.

The Health Minister made the disclosure Thursday, 25 April in a press conference at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

She says Liberia is indebted to lots of institutions for drugs supplied in the past.
According to her, there will be nothing like freed health care for all, adding Liberians will begin making some financial contribution toward their medication.

Doctor Jallah also reveals that some 87 medical doctors, including 27 specialized doctors and a bone specialist are expected to shortly take up assignments across the country.

She says her ministry will provide scholarship to some Liberians to pursue specialized medical trainings, including four earmarked for Japan to specialize in Kidney problems.
Meanwhile, Minister Jallah says her administration is addressing irregularities such as fuel and drugs shortages, payroll padding as well as employees boycotting or abandoning assignments.

The health sector here if faced with numerous challenges ranging inadequate qualified staff, poor incentives and lack of supplies and equipment, among others. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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