Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah
Nyenswah Tells World ‘Liberia Has Effectively Beaten Ebola’
MONROVIA, September 29 (LINA) - Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah has told the global community that Liberia has effectively beaten the Ebola virus twice and that the country has the capacity to deal with any resurgence.
He was speaking at a high-level meeting on “The Path Towards Universal Health Coverage: The Promotion of Equitable Global Health and Human Security in the Post-2015 Development Era,” on Monday, September 28.
Nyenswah, however, recommended that the universal health coverage be given much development assistance in both the short and medium-term, especially for fragile economies and health systems like Liberia's.
Nyenswah, who accompanied President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the meeting, indicated that prior to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, significant progress had been made in the health sector as evidenced by an increase in the life expectancy of Liberians by 20 years.
Nyenswah, who is Head of the country’s Incident Management System (IMS), said the period also witnessed a dramatic reduction of under-five mortality and the prevalence of malaria, among others.
Deputy Minister Nyenswah described the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a milestone. He named key actions of universal health coverage as reduced direct payment out of pocket, mandatory pre-payment, and the use of general government revenue to cover those who cannot afford to pay.
In remarks at the meeting, WHO Executive Director Dr. Margaret Chan praised Minister Nyenswah and the country’s incident management team for the effective and efficient manner in which they managed the Ebola crisis in Liberia.
She urged the international community to support Liberia’s recovery process in the context of universal health coverage.
The event was addressed by scores of other world leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe; Senegal’s President Macky Sall and UNICEF Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehi.