Liberia, Clinton Initiative Drafting 10-Year Health Sector Plan

The Liberian government in partnership with the Clinton Health Initiative is developing a 10-year plan to upgrade the health sector and system with strong infection control mechanisms for future disease outbreaks and health crisis.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made the disclosure at a meeting with a Catholic delegation headed by Archbishop Lewis Zeigler.

Earlier, the Catholic prelate thanked President Sirleaf and her government for finally containing the further spread of the Ebola disease with the support of the Liberian people and partners.

He warned against blowing up the success in the Ebola fight through complacency and attitudes that could reverse the gains made and lead the country back to the terrible experience of the last few months.

Other members of the delegation include the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Rev. Fr. Patrick Kabba; Vicar General, Archdiocese of Monrovia, Rev. Fr. Charles Boyce; the Dean of the Mother Pattern College of Health Science, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Rev. Sister Barbara Brillant; and a member of the Catholic Church Ebola Taskforce, Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods.

Meanwhile, during the meeting Sister Brillant of the Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences and Head of the Catholic Church Taskforce on Ebola, briefed President Sirleaf about the Church’s Ebola campaign and steps taken towards the resumption of operations at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital.

“Operations at the hospital will include care centers, tracing and the regular hospital activities to ensure the safety of workers and patients as we commence operations later this month,” Sister Brillant noted.

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