President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing TCAD Summit VI
Pres. Sirleaf Craves More Resources To Up MRU Health Sector
By Prince S. Nagbe/LINA
MONROVIA, August 29 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said despite the progress in containing the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, there is a need to allocate more resources to strengthen their healthcare systems.
The three countries comprise the Mano River Union (MRU), and were worst hit by the Ebola virus that struck the West African sub-region in 2014.
Delivering a speech at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit, organized by the Government of Japan in Niarobi on Sunday, President Sirleaf said this will ensure strong capacity of health workers, through training, and build properly equipped health institutions.
She said as the countries consider improving their health systems under the Nairobi Declaration, it is important to address the challenges affecting them by ensuring concerted effort and a holistic approach that combines science-based evidence and traditional knowledge and one that supports the development of vaccines and immunization systems.
“Liberia is moving in this direction by establishing a National Public Health Institute to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats through research and commits to the Nairobi Declaration and pledges its support to continue to work toward universal health coverage,” the Liberian leader told delegates at the summit.
According to her, the three most affected countries have developed response mechanisms able to effectively and timely contain any outbreak, as proven twice in Liberia, but that such effort needs support from international partners.
She thanked the Government of Japan for its investment in this plan through support for community-based initiatives, technical cooperation and capacity building and commended the exemplary leadership of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the decision to host the TICAD VI in Nairobi.