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Liberian Senate Frowns On Health Minister
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Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman



Liberian Senate Frowns On Health Minister
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe

MONROVIA, May 27 (LINA) – The Liberian Senate has frowned on Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale for failing to reinstate the dismissed president and Secretary General of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL).

Health Ministry authorities dismissed the entire leadership of the NHWA after a nation-wide strike action by health workers that paralyzed the health sector across the country in February, 2014.

But Health Ministry authorities later reinstated some of the officials of the Association, leaving out the President Joseph Tamba and Secretary General George Williams.

According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the Senators made the observation Tuesday when Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh briefed them that Dr. Gwenigale is yet to reinstate the dismissed officials of the association, and urged the intervention of the Senate.

Senator Tengbeh’s statement was buttressed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, who said in spite of his intervention, Minister Gwenigale has remained adamant in his refusal to reinstate the Association’s President and Secretary General.

Coleman explained that Minister Gwenigale’s action to dismiss the men runs contrary to the agreement reached with the Association during negotiations which ended the strike.

Dr. Coleman also told his colleagues that tangible information available to him suggests that the National Health Workers Association of Liberia has threatened to stage another strike action if its officials are not reinstated.


Meanwhile, the Liberian Senate has mandated its Chief Clerk to write Minister Gwenigale inviting him to appear before it next week Thursday to give reasons why he has not reinstated the association’s President and Secretary General.


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