Bong County Representative Corpu Barclay
House Health Committee Wants More Testing Centers
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, August 21(LINA) -The House of Representatives Committee on Health has recommended the setting-up of Ebola Testing Centers at the Regional level across the country.
The Committee noted that this will go a long way in helping to mitigate the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus that is threatening the survival of Liberia.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the Committee’s recommendation was contained in a report submitted to Plenary on Thursday, August 19.
The Lower House two weeks ago mandated the Health and Social Welfare Committee to liaise with the National Task Force on Ebola in the fight against the disease and report to it on a weekly basis.
The Committee, which is chaired by Bong County Representative Corpu Barclay, also recommended that at least one ambulance be provided to each of the 15 counties in the country.
It further called for the speedy training of health workers and service providers in Ebola-free counties to effectively deal with any eventuality.
The Committee has, meanwhile, stressed the need for government to outsource the prevention and treatment of suspected and confirmed Ebola cases to non-governmental organizations, including the Samaritan’s Pulse and Medicin Sans Frontiers.
According to the Committee, the government through the National Task Force should provide security and play a monitory and supervisory role when certain functions are outsourced.
At the same time, the House’s Committee on Health has recommended that all international funding be categorized in cash and items and a periodic report be submitted to the Task Force and the National Legislature.
The recommendations were endorsed by 28 lawmakers, two against with one abstention.