LIBERIA: Firestone Medical Chief Urges Private, Public Health Partnership

The Medical Director of the Firestone Health Services, Dr. Lyndon G. Mabande, has stressed the need for government to strengthen private-public partnership in the health sector.

He noted that strengthening private-public partnership in the sector will go a long way in improving and developing an effective and efficient health system in the country.

Dr. Mabande made the recommendation at the weekend in Ben Town on the Marshall highway in Margibi County during ground breaking for a US$1.5million

hospital project to be constructed by Geebamu International Incorporated.

Geebamu International Incorporated is an international humanitarian organization that operates both in Liberia and the United States of America.

Dr. Mabande noted that the lack of serious private and public health sector partnership is affecting the progress and development of the country’s health system.

He observed that the Health Ministry does not have a particular unit that relates to private health establishments across the country to understand their plight and what government should expect them to do in building a resilient health system.

He indicated that government alone cannot provide the quality healthcare that every Liberian needs, noting that it is incumbent upon Liberians to engage in self-help initiatives in the health sector.

Dr. Mabande emphasized that Liberians should begin to invest in the health sector, noting that the private sector health delivery system is more efficient around the world.

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