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Grand Kru County Senator,  Peter S. Coleman





Senators Root For Investment In Research, Training
By Winnie Dixon (Intern)

MONROVIA, August 21 (LINA) - Two senators have called on government to use the Ebola situation to see the need to allot a significant portion of its health budget for research and training.

Senators Peter S. Coleman of Grand Kru and Henry Yallah of Bong County made the call during the regular Senate session on Tuesday, when they discussed the way forward for the country’s health system.

They said with the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country, there was need to gather information that will effectively guide prevention and response by the health sector to the epidemic.

The senators argued that in a situation where no one is fully informed about the virus, Liberia is at risk due to its complete reliance on outside experts for all forms of case management.

According to them, Liberia runs the risk of being a bystander while its destiny is being decided by persons or groupings coming to the table either with more information or more ideas which they have the capacity to test.

Even though the Senators were not specific about the amount to be allotted, they said relying only on external partners for all research will mean that there will be no prevention of the disaster, thereby resulting to deaths and unplanned spending or budget shortfall.

Liberia is being assisted by the World Health Organization, U.S Centre for Disease Control, and China Centre for Disease Control for Health Planning, Medicine Sans Frontiers, and a number of organizations for case management, while UNICEF and other partners are responsible for communication and awareness.

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